Moms Tell All: What My Ideal Day Would Look Like

Moms Tell All: What My Ideal Day Would Look Like

Moms describe what they’d do if they could do ANYTHING they wanted for a day!

By Heather Chaet

I have many ideal days -- days that will never happen, but that dance like little fairies in my mind when the Mommy Juggle has gotten to be a bit much. To be honest, the one I yearn for the most is a day of sleep – a day of sleep in a comfy five-star hotel bed, with amazingly soft sheets. I’m thinking a six-hour nap, followed by some delicious hotel room service, followed by more sleep. Part of me feels guilty that this particular ideal day doesn’t involve my daughter or husband, but I have other ideal days that do.

It’s rather interesting to see that many real moms envision 24 hours filled with – wait for it – nothing. No schedules, no fighting, no agendas, no rushing, no guilt. Yes, this is definitely a day that cannot exist for most, but it’s fun to dream about, eh? Check out exactly what 14 real moms want (or don’t want) to do during their ideal day.

1. “I'd start off with an easy breakfast with the kids and then, a hike by the lake together where no one complains about walking and no one is fighting. (Ha!) Then, I'd like to be alone with a good book at the beach on a lounger for the afternoon. Optimally, the kids will be having fun elsewhere, so I don't feel guilty or worried. We could meet up again for a casual dinner at a beachside spot where we will see the sun set after eating. There you go, a fantasy.” -- Michelle

2. “I'll answer on behalf of my late mother. She was the only morning person in the house. I know she wanted just one morning where everyone got up in time. When I was little, she would dress me for school, and then I would take off all my clothes and get back into bed. Surprised I wasn't sold to the circus. Breakfast with my father and me is like the zombie hour.” -- Lizzie-Beth

3. “My ideal day is being on vacation with a good book, beach chair with umbrella, sand between my toes, and no cell phone service.” -- Amy

4. “My ideal day is kind of like playing hooky from everything. I’d get up, go to the gym, hit an afternoon matinee of some really fun, fluffy movie, have a late lunch, and then, head home. Miraculously, the house has been cleaned by someone that’s not me. I sit on the couch, and each of my kids tell me about their great days they had while I was doing my own thing. No Mommy guilt, no Mommy musts, just a perfect recharge day.” -- Donna

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5. “Kid is home, but doing her own thing. I get to read all day, interrupted only by cuddles. Someone else makes all meals. There is ice cream, but somehow it doesn't actually go straight to my hips.” -- Jeanne

6. “Someone to cook and clean. No responsibilities. Just time to spend with the family doing whatever we want.” -- Bethany

7. “I'd do some things I enjoy but never feel like I can take the time to do, like take a yoga class. Then, I'd go shopping for some clothes that made me feel good about myself and meet a friend for a nice lunch. I'd come home refreshed and missing my kids.” -- Kate

8. “I would like to go out to brunch with my wonderful women friends, then come home and read a book, watch a movie (or binge-watch a show), and then, end the day with both kids snuggling up with me. And NOT arguing with each other.” -- Liz


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9. “My ideal day? I wake up and realize I’ve won the lottery. Literally. Like a bazillion dollars. My husband and I would be able to stop worrying about money and saving for the kids’ college. I know, it’s not likely to happen, so until that perfect day comes, I’ll just keep finding a way to create my own fortune.” -- Paula

10. “Sleep until 10, exercise, read, massage, volunteer at the school. No laundry, no cooking, no cleaning, no refereeing fights, no coaxing to do homework or herding them to bed. Just lots of hugs and story time, while the girls play with my hair.” -- Becca

11. “My favorite day each week is when I get to be in my home by myself. It can be quiet or with TV or my music, doing laundry or cooking or whatever. It’s just my own time to do what's needed without anyone else needing anything or voicing opinions!” -- Michelle B.

12. “It may sound weird, but my ideal day takes place on a boat. I’m laying in the sun, just drifting. My husband is there, we have a crew, and my kids are having a blast doing things with someone who’s way more fun than I am. When we get back to shore, there’s an amazing picnic on the beach ready for us, and we watch the sunset as a family and make up pirate stories. Yes, that would be ideal.” -- Melanie

13. “Getting a random, out-of-the-blue ‘I love you’ from my kids can make any day an ideal one.” -- Julia

14. “When no one whines the name ‘Mommy’ for the whole day.“ -- Jennifer

How do you describe your ideal day?

Heather Chaet documents her mini parenting successes, epic mommy fails, and everything in between for a plethora (love that word!) of publications and websites such as CafeMom, New York Family, and AdWeek. While her online persona is found at, Heather lives in New York City with her film director husband and one insanely curious, cat-obsessed daughter.

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