Dear 100 Hour Board,
I am not a mother yet and I work full time. I am wondering what a stay at home mother's day looks like. Like an hour to hour breakdown of taking care of children under five. I am wondering this because I don't know what is the best/ productive way to use time once/if I become a mother.
-Worried future mother
My mom was/is a stay at home mom. I have vague memories as a very small child (pre-kindergarten) of my mom doing a special at-home pre-school with me. We would read through books of the alphabet, go on field trips to the zoo, and played many, many games of Go Fish. She would sit me up on the counter while she baked things and I would "help" her by pouring pre-measured ingredients into the bowl (she also always let me smell the vanilla whenever it was one of the ingredients).
Besides the pre-school, my mom generally spent a good portion of every day cooking and cleaning. When I was growing up, she would vacuum the house every single day, and cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the whole family from scratch. Spring and summer were prime gardening seasons, and we had a sizable vegetable garden along with several flower gardens, and 5 fruit trees (2 pear, 2 peach, and 1 apple). Once fall rolled around, my mom bottled fruit, made fruit leather, dried fruit, made salsa and pickles, various fruit pie fillings, syrups, and jams and jellies.
Sewing quilt tops was (and still is) another one of my mom's hobbies.
Between all the cooking, cleaning, gardening, and sewing, my mom volunteered at our schools to do various things. She also made sure to walk me and Alta to and from elementary school every day.
I don't think my mom ever had a set schedule every day for what she would do (aside from time frames for making meals, and getting kids to and from school), but she was very consistently busy. However, I do think that a large part of the business was her choice. She wasn't required to garden, sew, and cook. Those were all choices that she made. Similarly, I think that what you fill your time with will ultimately be up to you, whether you become a stay at home mother or not.