Everyone needs a hobby, something to keep them productive when they’re not working and a chance to keep learning and building skills once we’re no longer in formal education. But as a parent, trying to find the time for yourself can be tricky as your needs are always at the bottom of the list. However, these are all things you can do guilt free, since they benefit your family as much as you! Here are some ideas.
There are so many benefits to getting out in the garden. First of all, it keeps you fit and burns a surprising number of calories even if you’re just doing a bit of light weeding. Mowing the lawn, raking leaves, digging flower beds and more will of course burn even more. Gardening allows you to get some fresh air, and gets you out of the house without needing to call for a babysitter. You could grow your own fruits, vegetables and herbs, or just create a nice space that all of the family can sit out in and enjoy. If your hobby picks up and you find you need more room to grow plants, you could always look into hiring an allotment. Find out where to site the greenhouse on the allotment for the best use of space and to get the most sunlight, and research which kinds of crops you want to grow. Some will be more time consuming than others so it all depends on the level of commitment you can give to your hobby.
Cooking and Baking
As a cook or baker, you’ll always be popular with your family and friends! There’s something incredible about being able to turn a few simple ingredients into something really tasty. If you’re into precision and enjoy the creative side of decorating then baking will be for you, if you want something where you can be a bit more experimental then go with cooking instead. Either way, you’ll have fun thinking up your own recipes and designs and it’s something your family are sure to appreciate each mealtime. Cooking and baking are accessible hobbies, you don’t need lots of special equipment- the things you do need can be found from any supermarket.
Blogging is a great hobby to have. It boosts your writing and photography skills, teaches you how to network and essentially enables you to run your own little business. It’s great for you as you can share your interests and passions with other like minded people, and later down the line it can start earning you an income too. Once sponsors want to start working with your blog you’re gaining money doing something you love which can be useful when it comes to your family’s finances. Open a free account on Blogger or WordPress and start typing away your thoughts. If you’re writing informative articles, do your research so your content is the best it can be. Have fun, and know that you could earn money from it later down the line.