7 ways to spend your time as a stay-at-home mum

As a stay-at-home mum to young children, I’m talking toddlers and preschoolers, your days are filled. You barely get a chance to have a hot coffee, but there will come a time when your kids are at school every day and you have the day to yourself. 

I have been a stay-at-home mum since BP (almost 13) was born, I left my job for maternity leave I never went back. When LP (now 8 years old) was about to start school I worried that I would become the type of mum that was obsessed with cleaning. I needed something to concentrate on other than being a mum and being at home. With almost 13 years experience I'm sharing a list of the things I've done to fill my time.

Once the daily chores are done there’s only so much TV you can watch before getting bored so here’s a few ways to spend the time your kids are at school.

Coffee with friends

Mum friends you met in the school playground, working mums with a morning off work. Arrange a meet up at the local coffee shop, or your home, and have a good old gossip. It's a great way to spend an hour or two. 

I recently met up with one of my mum friends and we chatted for more than an hour while enjoying a lovely Latte. It was great to be able to talk without being interrupted by bickering siblings, which so often happens when you arrange a play date! 

Meeting up with friends is a great way for you both (or all depending how many of you there are!) to relax and chat without the burdens of motherhood.


Do you have a hobby that you’ve let fall by the wayside when you had children? Is there something you used to love but haven’t had the time?

Go back to it!

I’ve tried cross-stitch, sketching, and jigsaws, but now what I love more than anything is building with Lego. It might sound a strange thing for an adult woman to love Lego but there are some brilliant sets like the Tower Bridge or the Palace Cinema. Building them is such fun and the detail is shocking sometimes!

And if you're struggling to think of something check out my list of hobbies.


I love reading but the only chance I get is when I’m in bed. I spend at least 30 minutes reading before going to sleep. Whether it’s newspapers, books, your kindle, or blogs (wink, wink) reading is a chance to relax, to let go of the day-to-day stresses of being mum.

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. 

C.S. Lewis

Escape reality and jump into a good book.


If you’re into exercise (*shudder*) it can be a great way to spend time and get those endorphins racing around your body. Running or heading to the gym may help shift some pounds or keep you fit enough to run around the garden after your kids when they get home from school.


Heading to the high street and trawling the shops for the perfect outfit or the best present is so much more pleasant without the kids in tow.

I love shopping without the boys and a chance to go clothes shopping all on my own is heaven! If the pennies are tight you can always try window shopping, it can help with inspiration for homemade presents or inspire home ideas.

Trip planning

A school break is always just around the corner and taking time to plan a day trip can distract you from the boredom.

You could surprise your family and plan everything while they're at school, plus them not being there makes it all easier to plan!

A few years ago the Hubby and I planned a holiday to Orlando, Florida while the boys were at school! 

Pamper time

Visit the salon.
Get your nails done.
Have a shower in peace.

All brilliant ways to spend your free time.

It’s not often you get the chance to pamper yourself so when you do take advantage of it. You’ll feel so much better, you’ll be happier, and as a result your family will be happy too.

Happy mum = happy family.

Whoever is happy will make others happy too. 

Anne Frank

So as you can see there’s no excuse for being bored when the kids are at school. Use your time effectively and there’s plenty to do!

How do you spend your time when the kids are at school?

If you enjoyed reading this post you might enjoy Stay-at-home mums - why we shouldn't be ashamed or if you're looking for hobby ideas check out Hobbies for stay-at-home mums

I'd love to hear how you spend your time when the kids are at school - come connect with me on Facebook and we'll chat! 

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