Escaping the Routine Into My Phone because Everyone Needs a Break Sometimes

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I’ve been a Stay At Home Mom for about 8 months, and I absolutely love it.  It’s my dream job, and I feel called to it.  I was a working mom for a long time, out of necessity, and I was miserable. My point is that even though I love staying home with my babies, and teaching them, playing with them, reading to them, etc, I still need breaks from time to time.

A lot of SAHMs complain about the lack of adult interaction / conversation.  I get both of these things from my beloved CathSo, and I talk to all of them through Facebook on my phone.  I also escape into my phone to play Candy Crush, which has sucked me right back in, and before I got back into that, I was playing Trivia Crack.

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There are plenty of ways to escape into your phone and still MOM!  In our day-to-day routine, I put strict limits on the kids’ screen time.  Cupcakes can watch her favorite shows for about an hour, but we don’t even watch them every day.  She can also play a video game for a half hour or her leap pad for a half hour.  Otherwise, she and her brother are playing with toys or dramatic play, or they’re coloring/drawing, or reading (or napping / eating).  We also try to go outside once a day (weather-permitting).  I try not to have my phone at the lunch/dinner table.  (I’ll admit, sometimes I do anyway, but I’m trying to be better…) Sometimes, I let them play on their own for individual exploring / learning, and sometimes I play with them.  Here are some times during the day I play a game on my phone:

* In the morning, when my kids are WIDE awake, but I’m still getting used to the new day

* While the kids are having a snack

* While they’re playing on their own

* If I’m playing “wrong” (often) and Cupcakes just decides to play on her own, haha

* In the car (when husband is driving, obviously)

* While nursing my littlest one

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So what about you?  Do you have any little escapes??  When do you sneak a game or some Facebook time on your phone?  What are your favorite escapes?

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