Inside: Here are some great hobbies for moms who stay at home that’ll help you get out of a rut!
That’s how long it took me to make an ugly slipcover for my even more ugly couch.
After the kids were in bed I’d be back at it. Nights of laying out the fabric. Measuring, cutting, sewing.
“Make sure you marry a man with a hobby, otherwise he’ll be under your feet all the time.” – My Grandmother
I refused to move on to a new project until this one was done, and yet, I hemmed and hawed because it was so detail oriented and I’m a Big Picture person.
And then, finally, it was finished. It was not perfect, it was not sturdy, but it was done. More importantly, I had done it.
I was exhausted, proud, and accomplished. If you’ve sewn a slipcover you’re basically a seamstress, right?
Okay, fine, maybe not.
Why Hobbies Are Good for Moms
Moms should have habits to bring balance, perspective, and fulfillment into their every day. Here are some reasons why. In a nutshell, they keep us sane.
Let’s dig deeper…
1. Gives perspective
Hobbies for moms 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. Honestly, staying at home most days can feel isolating and having a hobby you can fall back on during the evenings or weekends will help give you perspective.
Also, 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. Hobbies for moms help rejuvenate your mind
When I spend a few hours on one of my hobbies I feel encouraged, refreshed and more patient.
Whether it’s sewing, photography or decorating projects, I come away energized. I think it’s because I feel like I’m in control of that project and I’ve accomplished something good that is tangible.
3. Prevents you from losing your sense of identity
Stay at home moms often lose their identity. 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. Finding a hobby or something you’re good at to pass your free time helps you feel more in control of your life and fulfilled.
Overwhelmed moms may not feel they have time or capacity to start a hobby, but it may be just the thing that’s needed.
4. Allows you to express your creativity
I believe that God has given us all gifts, talents, and creativity. In creativity, success is not determined by the perfection of the final product. There is joy that can be found from expressing yourself in a creative way...
You’ll feel like a more complete version of yourself if you make a habit of tapping into your creativity.
Easy hobbies for moms
Here are lists of some easy hobbies, by category, that might help you feel more and more fulfilled in your days.
Hopefully they’ll also help you to get a bit of your identity back.
Self-Care Habit Tracker
Do you forget to sleep, bathe, eat, relax, etc.? NO MORE. This tracker will help you consistently live within your limits so you have more love to give to your family.
Hand Craft Hobbies
You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish with a little creativity and time. There’s also no shame in researching “how to” on something you’ve always wanted to try!
Crafting- Encyclopedia for Crafts
Painting- Acrylic Painting Techniques
Scrapbooking- The Ultimate Guide to Scrapbooking
Drawing- How to Draw Cool Stuff
Sculpting- Artists’ Journey to Understanding Sculpture
More hand craft hobbies for mom…
Pottery- Practical Pottery
Illustration- Illustrating Children’s Books
Sewing – Sew Me, Sewing Basics
Flower Arranging – Flower School: A Practical Guide to Flower Arranging
Soap making- The Ultimate Guide to Soap Making
Card making- The Big Book of Handmade Cards
Origami- Origami Extravaganza!
Basket weaving- Basket Essentials
Candle making- Soy & Beeswax Candle Making
Cooking- How to Cook for Beginners
Baking- How to Bake for Beginners
Digital, Graphic, and Online Hobbies for Moms
Maybe a hobby centered around technology is your thing? Check out these hobbies to see if something strikes an interest with you!
Photography- Digital Photography
Graphic Design- Graphic Design: The New Basics
Blogging- How to Start a Blog
Listening to Podcasts
Design and Art Hobbies
As a mom, every second of every day feels like it’s measured, divided up, and counted for something. Let me explain.. If I feel like time is wasted, the mom guild sets in (even if mom is getting some needed creativity time).
Should I have done this for the kids instead? Could I have spend more time on that instead?
Here is the reality- Some moms will benefit more from hobbies for moms that actually yield a tangible result.
DIY projects- The Year of Cozy
Furniture Restoration- Understanding Wood Finishing
Song writing- How to Write a Song
Quilting- How to Quilt
Dress making- How to Design Your Own Dress Patterns
Playing an instrument
Outdoor and Active Hobbies
Maybe it’s time to get back to your roots? What did you enjoy as a young person or before kids? It’s ok to reach back into that place where hiking, running, or just being outside was the place where you “felt like you”.
It took me a few years after having my last kid to remember that I enjoyed working out. I remember feeling so excited and happy to once again be doing something for me!
Check this list out of hobbies for moms that you may have forgotten about…
If you naturally gather your energy from social interactions, as many people do, you may need some people time! There are ways to relieve that lonely mom feeling in a very healthy way….
Board games (my 30 tip board game picks)
Dinner party clubs
Quiz and trivia nights
Miscellaneous and Brainy Hobbies
Chances are if you’ve got a creative streak… you’ll also need to exercise your brain doing a “brainy hobby”.
Participating in a brainy hobby can also give you a sense of purpose and accomplishment (apart from the whole parenting thing).
Learn a language
Couponing- Couponing for Beginners
Crossword puzzles- 75 Easy to Read Crossword Puzzles