Setting Boundaries in Your Home

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Being a stay-at-home mom is no easy task. It can be challenging and exhausting, but it is also rewarding in many ways. But in order to be successful and happy in your role as a stay-at-home mom, you need to set boundaries in your home with friends and family members. These boundaries are important because they help protect your time, energy and sanity. Let’s look at why it’s important to set boundaries and how to do it effectively. 

Being a stay at home mom can be both rewarding and challenging. You get to spend more time with your family, but you may feel overwhelmed by the number of responsibilities that come with being a stay at home parent. One of the most important things to do is set boundaries with friends and family members so that they understand your decisions and respect your routines. It’s not easy, but it is necessary in order for you to take care of yourself and recharge after a long day.  

How to set boundaries in your home

The first step is being clear about what kind of boundaries you want to set with friends and family members. If someone asks for more of your time than you feel comfortable giving, don’t be afraid to say no. This isn’t always easy but it is necessary if you want to protect your own emotional wellbeing. Also remember that not everyone will like it when you set boundaries—but they have to respect it. 

Boundaries can be put in any are of your life and can look like;

  • “Please do not hug my child without their consent”
  • “I would like for you to take off your shoes before coming in my home”
  • “You cannot open the door to my room without knocking first”
  • “Please do not show up to my house without asking me first”
  • “Do not give me your opinion unless I ask you for it”
  • “I do not give you permission to…”
  • “I’m not open to that”
  • “I do not allow cuss words around my children’
  • “I will not allow you to speak negatively about me, my children or my husband”

Establish your priorities

The first step in setting boundaries as a stay at home mom is to establish your priorities. Think about what matters most to you – spending time with your family, having alone time, making sure that housework gets done on schedule? Once you know what matters to you, it will be easier for you to communicate these needs to others. For me? I refuse to let anyone cuss in front of my children, I do not care who you are: sister, brother, friends, my mother, and even my husband (my husband doesn’t do that but sometimes a cuss word can slip out during conversations) Children are like sponges: they watch and suck up everything and repeat what they watch or see.

Communicate what you need

Once you have established your priorities, it’s important to communicate them clearly and consistently. Friends and family members may not always agree with or understand your decisions, but they should still respect them once they are stated clearly. If someone doesn’t seem to understand why something is important to you or why it takes priority over other tasks or activities, try explaining yourself in more detail or ask them if they have questions or concerns. This will help ensure that everyone involved understands each other better and can work together towards a common goal of helping keep the household running smoothly.  

Enforce consequence

Sometimes people don’t take boundaries seriously until there are consequences attached. If someone continues to disregard your boundaries despite multiple warnings, then it’s important to enforce consequences such as no longer engaging in activities together or taking away privileges if appropriate. This sends a strong message that the boundary must be respected in order for the relationship between the two parties involved to remain healthy and functional. 

Setting boundaries as a stay at home mom can be difficult but it’s necessary for maintaining personal sanity and peace within the household. Establishing priorities, communicating needs clearly and consistently, and enforcing consequences when necessary are all key components of successful boundary-setting for stay at home moms everywhere.

If people refuse to respect your boundaries, that’s a huge red flag that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Setting Boundaries in Your Home

As a stay-at-home mom, you are constantly pulled in many different directions by your children, spouse, housework and other obligations. Setting boundaries can help you focus on what matters most—you! You need to make sure that people respect your decisions and routines in your households so that you can get the self care that you need and deserve. This means setting limits on how much time you spend with family or friends, what tasks you will take on for them, etc. 

Be mindful of how much help or advice people ask from you—and be honest about what kind of help or advice that can provide without sacrificing too much of yourself—and make sure they respect those boundaries too! Finally, don’t forget to give yourself some grace when setting these boundaries—it can take some practice before they become natural!  

Taking care of yourself as a stay at home mom is essential for both your physical and mental health —and setting healthy boundaries with friends and family helps ensure that happens! Remember to clearly communicate what those are so that everyone respects them — even if not everyone likes them — and don’t forget to give yourself some grace along the way as well! The more comfortable we become setting these kinds of boundaries, the easier it becomes – allowing us all to enjoy our roles as stay at home moms even more!

How do you set boundaries in your home?

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