By Stephanie Foster
No one has ever said that being a stay at home mom is easy... Wait a minute. Yes they have. Clearly they're delusional. Or not stay at home moms.
Being a stay at home mom is a lot of work, and it's often frustrating. There's always more work to be done and it's easy to feel unappreciated. You can feel isolated and depressed at times. How do you cope?
There are a lot of ways for stay at home moms to make sure that their needs are met even as they take care of their families. You don't have to pretend that your life is perfect. When you need help dealing with the inevitable frustrations, say something. Get some time for yourself. Find a way to make things better for you and your family.
Talk to Someone
Venting to a good friend can be a huge help when you're frustrated. While it can be hard to get time with your friends when you're a stay at home mom there are other ways to find someone to talk to.
Online forums, email, Twitter and other such sites can be great when you just need someone to talk to and don't necessarily need an immediate response. Just be sure that any information you put out there is something you don't mind being public. The internet is not as private as some people treat it.
If you need someone in person, there's always waiting for your husband to get home, calling a family member or talking to a fellow stay at home mom. Don't let the frustrations build, but pick the right person to vent to and the right time.
Join or Make a Mom Group
Getting together regularly with other moms can be wonderful for dealing with life's little frustrations. All the things that build up during the week can be shared. Odds are good that at least one other mom will have faced a similar situation.
Get Out without the Kids
Getting out of the house without the kids can make for a really wonderful breather. Even running errands alone can be a huge help, although I don't recommend you let this be the only time you head out alone. Get out for some fun times too!
Make sure you get out sometimes with your husband too. Even if you're the one at home, you both have stresses that build up. It's also just good for you as a couple to have alone time that is something more than watching TV together on the couch. Your life together isn't just about the kids.
Make Time for Your Interests
Have any hobbies? Want to start a home business? Don't let motherhood stop you. It's good for kids to understand that they are not the center of the universe. You are a complex human being, and being a mother is just one part of who you are. Don't let it get in the way of everything else you are or someday want to be.
No matter what you do, you'll still have frustrations in life. What matters is that you deal with them and don't limit yourself!
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About the Author: Stephanie Foster writes at www.homewiththekids.com/lifestyle.php about being a stay at home mom. She has the answers to many frequently asked questions about working at home at her site.