It takes time to adjust don't rush it. Don't beat yourself up for falling short of perfection. Enjoy the time at home with your family. It goes by too quickly. Did you make the transition from working outside the home to stay at home mom? How do you manage it? Words: Veronica ArmstrongEstablish a routine Do this. Leaving the structure of the workplace behind left me disoriented. Spending eight to twelve hours at home alone with your child without a plan will make you crazy. Don't go overboard and set a strict schedule. Use your children's schedule as a guide and create a routine around it. Try to prepare and eat meals at the same time. Put the kids down for naps at the same time everyday. The transition might be a challenge for your kids too so try not to veer too far from their already established routine that they had with their child care provider. Get out of the house I'm a homebody. Pre kids I could spend days alone in my house without leaving. As a mother this isn't close to possible. Fresh air, playing outside, and socializing with other parents and kids is essential. Get involved in your community. Check out baby wearing groups, play groups, museums, libraries, or parks. Anything to get yourself out of the house. I won't lie. At first I had to force myself because the prospect of exploring a new city with a 1 and 2-year-old (at the time) was daunting. Get over it. Take baby steps. Start with walks and visits to the playground. Once you're comfortable branch out. You'll make new friends and so will your kids. Be kind to yourself Although many women dream of someday becoming a stay at home mother, it's not easy. Taking care of young children alone is sometimes lonely and often challenging. Don't stress yourself out while you're transitioning. Depending on the age of your kids it might take months before you feel comfortable in your new role. The floor might not get mopped as much as you want it to. You may forget the last time you showered. It happens and it's not a big deal.