4 Ways for a Busy Mother to Find Time to Write

 

Motherhood is the best thing in the world.

At least I think so. I love everything about my children from their tiny faces, butts, and even their messy diapers (It means they’re eating well!).

But having kids can make it hard to find time to even shower, let alone write. Yet, today I was able to write and play with my kids!

Here are a few ways busy moms can find time to write.

 

  1. When the Kids are Sleeping

After I tiptoe out of my sleeping girl’s room, I find myself with a cup of alcohol free suds or tea and sit down at the computer to type. The room is dim and full of strange silence. The words flow free until I can’t stay awake any longer. It can be 12:00 or even 1:00 am before I finally wobble to bed.

But, I get my work done.

Another option is waking up early. I am not a morning person so this does not work for me, but I can imagine another writer crouched by the desk with their hot cup of coffee and typing away to the sound of a bird’s song.

If you can’t stay awake long enough at night or are snoring when the rooster crows like I am, there is always baby nap time.

Granted, not all of us are lucky enough to have kids who sleep at the same time but if you do, it is a perfect time to put your ideas down on electronic paper.

 

2. During Quiet Time

My daughter is still teething and wakes me up multiple times during the night. That, plus going to be late leaves me exhausted. It is on these days that I find myself typing away during quiet time.

Quiet time can be anything from watching cartoons for an hour to playing with Lego’s. My son plays by himself and my daughter plays/chews on her toys in her playpen.

I never know exactly how much time I will get before the house gets loud again, but I do manage to get some work done.

The best part? My kids seem happy.

 

3. Get a Babysitter

It is easy to forget that writing is an occupation and should be treated as such. I am a stay-at-home mom, and I love being with my children.

I also love to write.

There are times when I must ask for help. Having your spouse, family member or even a babysitter watch your sweethearts while you get some time to write is a great way to guarantee some successful writing time.

 

4. Have Your Child Write Stories For You

This is my favorite one!

Sure it’s kind of cheating, but it is great way to spend time with your kids. Having them write their own stories teaches your child to love writing and reading.

I simply ask my kiddo what he wants to tell a story about today, and question him during the story. I love l typing each funny word that my son says right down to his bad grammar and childish words.

I never know what he’s going say next.

Plus, it ends up inspiring me to write more. When he’s done writing he colors the picture for the story; he has some quiet time. This is beneficial for both of us. (See number two!)

 

Whichever method you choose, follow it.

If you write on a routine than you and your family will become used to your schedule and, hopefully, let you write. Taking set times out of the day for writing should give you set times to spend with them, which is what you both really want. Time together.

Love your children.

Enjoy writing.

 

How do you find time to write?

 

12 thoughts on “4 Ways for a Busy Mother to Find Time to Write

  1. I struggle with this every single week! Usually it’s during quiet time (which is not so quiet around here), after bedtime, or when my son is with my parents. However, I love the idea of engaging him in writing, too! He LOVES stories, so this would be a lovely exercise for him.

    1. Hi Megan!

      It’s always good to hear from you. How true that quiet time isn’t always quiet, haha. I would LOVE to read your son’s stories. Even if you don’t want them published here you should send one over for fun.

      Thanks for reading.

  2. It took me years of motherhood and blogging to finally treat my blog as what it truly became: a business and to dedicate the necessary time to write. It’s all a balancing act and while family always comes first, deadlines are deadlines! What works best for our family is that I have one evening a week where my husband comes home on the early side from work and he takes care of dinner, baths and bed and I immediately head out to a local coffee shop to write. It’s what’s worked best for us thus far! Great tips- thanks for sharing!

    1. I didn’t realize it when I started, but you’re right. Blogging is a business. Your husband sounds sweet. I dream of sitting in a coffee shop and writing like you. Sounds relaxing!

      Thank you
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  3. Jewel,

    Aww! I like the last tip, write stories with your children. My twins are 3.5 and really enjoying reading books so this is a neat activity for them to create their own stories. The other day my daughter was singing in the car and said she made a song about the moon! So precious.

  4. Jewel…you are really awesome…How to find time to write? Is a milkion dollar question I ask myself and every bloggers.This articke just answered me the exact question and situations which i can relate…Thank you so much for the tips.. This is so much i needed….

    The only matter I am still trying to workout is my daughter is not playing alone even if give a favourite toy of her.If possible advice me on how to encourage kids to play alone for a while.

  5. This is always the challenge, isn’t it? I often write early morning or late night, but if I have a story that I need to get out of my head, I’ll jot down ideas in a Word document or sometimes in a notebook. Additionally, I have sticky note all over the place!

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