I’m a stay-at-home mom and I love being with my kids, but to be honest I don’t like staying at home with them all day. I’m not sure if it’s because I was a nanny previously and planning outings was a part of my job, if it’s because I’m a restless extrovert, or maybe a bit of both, but I usually have an activity planned for M-F of every week. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be home a lot, but it just doesn’t work for me.

Top Eight Reasons I Leave the House Everyday:

1) TV is just too darn tempting.  We have a rough guideline of when Crumb gets to watch a show during the day because he is driven by routine and it works well for our family. If we are home all day, I am much more likely to leave the TV on a little too long because it’s there and it’s easy. “Surrrre, buddy, you can watch another Paw Patrol. And then let’s watch Mommy’s show, “The Price is Right!”

2) I like that feeling of coming home again. I enjoy arriving back at my safe place, unloading our stuff, and watching the boys run off to play with their cars. My home seems cozier when I’ve been away from it all day.

3) My house doesn’t have time to get as messy.  Don’t get me wrong, my house is still plenty cluttered most of the time, but when we are home all day it looks like a tornado has blown through. When we are out and about there is less time for the boys to dump out every bin and bucket (although they certainly try).

4) It’s usually nap time when we get back. While I still have both boys napping at the same time, I’m going to make the most of it. Nap time takes a nice chunk out of a long day and gives us all a much-needed break after a busy morning.

5) I go stir-crazy. I like to have a weekly schedule and it’s hard to feel productive when your entire day consists of wiping things (butts, faces, chairs, tables, hands, etc.), so going somewhere helps me with that and makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something.

6) We all enjoy new experiences and fresh adventures. The boys and I might go to the zoo A LOT but we always have a different experience when we’re there. Sure, some days are incredibly stressful due to the weather, an over-tired child, or just a string of bad luck, but I never regret leaving the house.

7) I’m not mindlessly surfing social media on my phone. It’s easy to be looking at my phone a lot when the boys are playing nicely at home and my mind starts to wander or I think of a text I need to send. When we are our out of the house, I use my phone as a clock and a camera. There is no time to check Facebook when I’m driving, chatting with our friends, or pushing a double stroller, and I like the break.

8) The days we do lounge around the house are extra sweet. It’s fun and relaxing for the boys and myself to stay in all day because it’s a treat. We watch a little extra TV, wander around the backyard for long periods of time, and eat lots of snacks. It feels more indulgent after a busy week of adventures.

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Can you relate to this list or are you someone who prefers fun adventures at home?