I’ve already posted on hobbies for stay at home moms here. If you are not crafty and don’t give a rip about sewing, here are some hobbies for moms that have jack to do with crafts. After all, if you look at the resume for a stay at home mom, it’s not only fun stuff.
There are people who are crafty and there are people who are not. My post on 60+ hobbies for the SAHM is very popular, but it involves a lot of arts and crafts type stuff. I realized that it is also very Little House on the Prairie and that, perhaps, many mothers out there don’t own a glue gun and will never put that on their Christmas list.
Keep your sanity
Before I make a list let’s recap why it’s vitally important that mothers make time to do things for themselves. Not in a “you deserve it” type of way. But in a “you may lose your mind if you don’t” way.
- It helps you from thinking your whole identity is wrapped up in motherhood
- It gives you time to recharge, refresh, and process
- Creativity is important for your own well-being and emotional health (here’s the difference between being creative and being artistic)
- You’ll feel more patient and rested if you can get your mind off the daily “urgent” tasks of motherhood
- the general satisfaction that comes from learning a new skill or doing something you love!
So… some of these are a little out of the box, but you never know!
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Can Be Done At Home
reading (and joining book clubs)
DIY and building projects (amazing site with free plans)
puzzles (here are puzzles of all shapes and sizes)
cooking + baking
cake making (intro to cake making)
bonsai trees (Okay, I know, but look at this)
collecting (cool things to collect)
Activity & Athletics
running (5k, half marathons or marathons)
Needs Equipment Or Up-Front Purchases
photography (here’s the kit I bought)
bird watching (don’t laugh, this is very popular!)
learning an instrument
sailing (lessons if you don’t own a boat)
take singing lessons
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geocaching (beginner geocaching kit)
- pinpoint an issue
- draw out how it’s affecting you
- label what you don’t like about it
- determine areas of responsibility
- figure out how it’s showing up
- say what you’d rather happen
- brainstorm solutions
going to garage sales and flea markets
learn a new language (I speak 3)
Mark Robinson says
You have pointed out really great list of hobbies for non crafty women. It is the best way to spend free time. I think, reading and blogging is the good practice to promote your hobbies.
Rachel Norman says
I agree free time for hobbies!! :) Going to check out your site now.
Horse riding, singing lessons, swimming?! What Mom has time for this?? How about a hobby for a REAL Mom, who juggles caring for the kids and 10 hour work days.
As a SAHM I tip my hat to working moms. Always have. Always will. I do not know how you do it. But please, do not insult those that stay home by saying we are not *real* moms. Our job is just as exhausting, just in a different way. We are all in this together.