Re: Stay-at-Home Wives: What do you do all day? (What should they do?)
I was a SAHM from when my first was born until my younger one started kindy. I tend towards workaholism, so I was always super busy.
A typical day was breakfast and playtime, outdoors a LOT, errands like grocery shopping, lunch, household chores, lots more play, lots more cleaning (sweep or vacuum daily, mop weekly, dust every other day, bathrooms every week, laundry pretty much every day, dishes 3 times a day, windows, walls, clean toys, and all of the outside chores except mowing the lawn. That was the ONLY thing my husband did. I fixed everything inside and out, and did all of the major and minor repairs. I told you I'm a workaholic!)
What else... lessons for the kids too, playdates, dinner every night, nap time, bedtime, diapers, teeth, there's so much to childcare. Lots and lots of play time. Sewing.
Here's the problem though: we spent 8 years with me doing EVERYTHING (oh, and not sleeping through the night for 8 years too. I nursed the little one until she was almost 4, including nighttime nursing), and now that I'm working full-time AND taking classes, I STILL do all of the chores (except mowing the lawn!).
My life isn't actually that much different, because the hours that the kids are in school are the hours I'm working, and when they're home I'm doing the cleaning/homework duty/childcare/cooking. They require less from me now that they're older, but the class and dogs have taken up that extra time.
Now, if I were a SAHM when the kids were in school, I'd LOVE it. I could have a hobby!! I could exercise! My showers would last more than 3 1/2 minutes! It's my dream, to somehow get a year off while the kids are in school. Oh, or I guess my husband could pick up some of the slack so I could at least exercise. But, I think I wouldn't be here if that were happening...