Here are some great hobbies for stay at home moms that’ll help you get out of a rut! Post contains affiliate links.
“Make sure you marry a man with a hobby, otherwise he’ll be under your feet all the time.” – my grandmother
I can remember back to my single days pre-children. I’d go to the gym daily, knit scarves, travel overseas, learn new languages and be social. After getting married I worked for a ministry full-time (demanding stuff) and then, before I knew it, we were parents.
A year later I realized I needed to get a life. My entire day revolved around my baby. I felt like I’d aged 30 years in 12 months and I couldn’t remember what I used to do for fun. That year I started sewing, crafting, doing DIY projects, blogging, and learning photography. Instead of going to bed overstimulated from the computer or TV I went to bed satisfied and clear-headed.
Since the resume for a stay at home mom is so lengthy, here’s why I think you need to get a hobby. Or 7.
Easy and Inexpensive Hobbies for Stay-at-Hom- Moms
1. Gives perspective
Hobbies help take our mind off the day to day routine. So much of being a mother is fun yet so much of it is exhausting. Staying at home most days can feel isolating – and particularly with your first child – be a real shock to the system. Having a hobby you can fall back on during the evenings or weekends will help give you perspective.
When your children are going through a difficult phase or the weather is keeping you inside, hobbies will help you take your mind off your troubles.
2. Helps rejuvenate
When I spend a few hours on one of my hobbies I feel encouraged, refreshed and more patient. Whether it’s sewing (only things with straight lines, though), photography or decorating projects, I come away energized. Prior to my youngest child being born I used to spend 24 hours away every few months. I’d go to a hotel, read an entire book, take lots of baths and order room service. I’ve always loved reading and those few short hours were enough to noticeably increase my patience.
3. Prevents you from losing your sense of identity
I’ve written on being in a SAHM identity crisis here. The fact is it’s hard to transition from worrying about yourself all day to worrying about others. From your daily schedule to your clothes and body, there’s hardly any area that remains the same after motherhood. This was particularly hard for me as I’m an only child. For 29 years I went about my own business in calm and quiet. After children life became noisier and more demanding, and I found it difficult. Of course I loved it, but that doesn’t mean it was easy.
When I started spending my free (cough cough) time diving back into old hobbies and learning new ones, I found myself again. I remembered what I like and don’t like. I laughed at my inability to do fiddly crafts and drag my husband in for projects that require accurate measurements. Even if I’m making something for one of our children, it’s me time.
4. Allows you to express your creativity
I believe that God has given us all gifts, talents, and creativity. I’ve heard it said that creativity flows out of our spirits, and this is why creative pursuits can bring healing. Painting or drawing can feel freeing even if the final result is not noteworthy. I’ve felt immense pride in clothes I’ve sewn for my daughter. Even when the seams are crooked and they unravel. In creativity, success is not determined by the perfection of the final product!
From decorating to writing and gardening to crafting you are tapping into the creativity God gave you. Perhaps you feel you aren’t artistic. Well I’ve got good news. Being artistic isn’t the same thing as being creative. You’ll feel like a more complete version of yourself if you make a habit of tapping into your creativity.
I hope you are encouraged to bring back some old hobbies and start some new ones too! Below is a list of hobbies that are stay-at-home-mom friendly. These hobbies are relatively easy to do as a mom because (1) they don’t require high startup costs, (2) you can do them at or close to home, (3) they don’t require intense commitment, and (4) generally speaking, they align with women’s interests. Don’t send me hate mail if you think I’m setting women’s rights back 100 years, okay?
Click to see a big list of hobbies (If you’re reading this via email you may need to click on the post title to see the list of hobbies).
Scrapbooking (here are some basic supplies)
Drawing (drawing for the absolute beginner)
Knitting/Crochet (Free tutorial for Knitting for Beginners)
Illustration (How to be an Illustrator)
Photography (this is the beginning DSLR I bought a few years ago)
Listening to podcasts
Guerilla Gardening (wonder what Guerilla Gardening is?)
Mosaic (300+ mosaic tips)
Geneaology (unofficial advice to genealogy)
Geocaching (*so so so fun and here’s a beginner kit)
Board games (my 30 tip board game picks)
Crossword puzzles (free online crossword puzzles)
Playing an instrument
Basket weaving (oh yes, it exists)
Candle making (candle making kit with soy)
Learn a language (Fluent Forever)
Dinner party clubs
Chess (wooden set)
Quiz and trivia nights
Mentoring (Big Brother/Big Sister programs)
Origami (for beginners)
So tell me, what is your favorite hobby now?
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