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It’s no secret that motherhood is hard. Being a stay-at-home Mom is hard hard work. I mean, if I don’t schedule and protect some time alone to indulge in whatever I want, then I really lose my mind.

But, even when I schedule time in just for me, inevitably it’s just not enough. You know the days, right?

I have some days, when I literally hear loud and high-pitched noise from the moment the children get up until they are sleeping. Then, of course, there are the days when everyone is just having a rough time.  I mean, let’s face it, when you’re a stay-at-home Mom, you can’t just leave the house entirely alone, so you can compose yourself. Some days, I really want to just go to the bathroom alone. Which is funny, because Monkey Boy now insists on being in the bathroom alone!

Nonetheless, even on the tougher days, there are things to be done – dishes, cooking, yard work, playing, sweeping, mopping, laundry, learning.  The list is endless. Or maybe it’s just repetitive, therefore seeming endless. But, I have found there are ways to get the tasks done, include the kids, and still indulge a bit.

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I’ve shared before (here and here) some of the ways I ensure tasks and goal achievement actually happens. I know I’ve mentioned I enjoy listening to podcasts and even get a bit of reading done sometimes.  Well, today I’m here to share some of my favorite podcasts and how I listen while caring for our home and family.

First, though, let’s go over what a podcast is because it was only a few months ago that podcasts were foreign to me.  Sure, I’d heard of them, but didn’t think I had a need for them. But, boy was I wrong. I do have a need for them. And, when I say need, I mean I have to listen to at least 1 every day!

I found my first podcast after I came home from the immediate aftermath of my Dad’s death.  That’s when I began working on de-weeding our garden space for spring/summer planting and I found the silence too deafening at times.  I didn’t want to be left only with my thoughts. I did want to have something distracting, that would also allow me to ‘tune in’ to something completely outside of me and my life.  Music is good, but sometimes just the soothing sound of someone talking (at a reasonable level and not demanding anything of me) was even better.

Enter podcasts.

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I forget how, but I landed on the podcast, Serial, with Sarah Koenig. Although Season 2 was beginning, I had to start at season one.  After listening to the first episode, I had to know more!

But, I didn’t only want to hear about this true crime story. I’d heard of Rob Bell before, but hadn’t ever looked him up or listened to him speak. Well, I found he has a podcast, so I tuned in to that as well (also at the very beginning).

Through Serial, I found Undisclosed, which was also about the Adnan Syed story, but went more in-depth. That podcast eventually led me to Truth & Justice with Bob Ruff.

Along, the way, I also found Elizabeth Gilbert’s podcast, Magic Lessons, which was spawned after her book, Big Magic came out.

I’ve also found podcasts related to gardening, blogging, entrepreneurship, mindfulness, parenting, and creativity.

In other words, once I started listening to podcasts, things just continued to spiral. I mean, it was almost out of control at one point, because I’d just start subscribing to podcasts.

Podcasts are perfect for me in this life stage.  I can listen to the podcast or have it on as background noise.  Whenever I listen, I can learn, refocus, or even could even hear some of my thoughts or ideas in others’ words and life stories. Yet, as a podcast is on, I can still do things around the house. I’m not tied to one place or finding my place again after countless interruptions.  I can even conveniently use the podcast (if it’s not too long) as a timer for Monkey Boy.

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For instance, if he wanted me to push him on the swings out back, I could do that while a podcast was playing and we could spend some time. But, the end of the podcast would signal it was time for me (or us) to do something else. Because, really, Monkey Boy loves to swing and sometimes wants to do so for hours.  And, despite how much fun it can be and the ways we can connect while I push him, there’s that unending list of tasks!

Ok, so now that we’ve covered a few of my favorite podcasts, let’s talk podcast player. There are a few out there, like this one and this one. I have been using PodcastAddict, which is free to download from Google Play. I find it works well, the interface is easy to use and navigate, and it’s simple.

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Podcasts really make it easy for me to indulge, while still caring for our home and family.  I can even sit with a tiny glass of wine and some chocolate and listen at the end of a long day.

So, if you’ve haven’t yet tried listening to podcasts, try it out. Seriously, even if you don’t think you need another thing to keep up with.  I’m sure you’ll find something that interests, soothes, supports, encourages, or entertains you. Plus, you may even find that the everyday tasks don’t seem quite as mundane and that time flies by.  I know you’ll end up loving podcasts just as much as I do.

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Have you ever listened to podcasts?  If so, what are your favorites?  What are tricks you use to indulge while caring for your home and family?

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8 thoughts on “How to Indulge While Caring for Home and Family

    • September 9, 2016 at 3:23 pm
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      They really can be fun to listen to. The variety of podcasts that are available is so vast, I’m sure you’ll find something you like! 🙂

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  • September 9, 2016 at 8:35 pm
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    I love podcasts! Thanks for these recommendations. I’m always on the lookout for some new ones. They are so easy to listen to when I’m carpooling my son around. Magic Lessons is a great one. I think I finished them all :). I have her book too anxiously awaiting me to read it, but podcasts are so much easier for me to find time to listen to.
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    • September 10, 2016 at 10:00 am
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      I completely agree, Candace! Listening is just easier with littles around. I’m even considering subscribing to something like Audible so I can still “read” some actual books! 🙂

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    • September 15, 2016 at 7:01 pm
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      Yes! That is exactly what I do and it’s so helpful! Let me know what podcasts you start listening to! 🙂

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  • September 18, 2016 at 11:39 am
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    I have heard of podcasts over and over. I have got to try them out. I can definitely use a little peace of mind…Side note: Your family is beautiful.

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    • September 18, 2016 at 12:56 pm
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      Yes! Go check them out. There are so many to choose from and I swear listening to one will only lead you to another and another another….And, thanks for the compliment, too! I, of course, think they all look great, but hearing it from others has a different meaning! 🙂

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