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.
- 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.
How do you find time to write?