Being a stay at home mum comes with a whole range of challenges and rewards. One thing that we find ourselves seeking out in the home are things to do for ourselves, rather than just chores. In this article, we have some suggestions that you can use to make things more interesting.
Taking up a hobby can be great fun, especially if you find one that you can fit around looking after the kids. There are many artistic projects that you can check out on Pinterest that will suit a beginner. These DIY projects can help you to upcycle your rubbish into things that you can actually use in the home.
Home baking is a great way to whip up some treats while you’re at home. You don’t need to go with old fashioned recipes either, there are so many Facebook pages dedicated to step by step video recipes with a twist. These include some real show stoppers, which you can use to impress your family and friends. If you’re a novice baker, don’t worry, videos will show you exactly what to do and the techniques you need.
Sometimes, as stay at home mums, we can feel a bit isolated from the outside world. A social activity can be a great way to reconnect with others and speak to grownups for a change. A book club is a brilliant activity that you can look forward to weekly or monthly. In between meetings you can read chapters whenever you get a chance and make notes on the topics you’d like to discuss next time.
Bingo might strike you as something that your gran would do, but there’s a bustling online community for it. If you can’t find the time to commit to something like a book club then this can be an alternative social activity. There are hosted rooms on bingo sites like Rocket Bingo or Mecca Bingo, in which you can chat with others and also win yourself a jackpot or two.
Let’s face it, we’re always snapping pictures of our kids when we’re at home when they sit still for a few seconds. You can take this a step further and really refine your photography skills to turn it into a hobby. There are loads of free online courses out there that will teach you everything from the basics of photography to how to make your photos look more professional.
Writing can also be a great way to express your day to day schedule and interact with other mummies. There’s a brilliant online community of mummy bloggers that would be happy to have another member. You can be as honest as you like in this safe space and even vent some frustrations to people that really understand what you’re going through. If your blog gets popular then you can even get freebies or earn money from advertising on it.
There are also a lot of apps that you can use to learn a new language, which can prove helpful for your brain. Duolingo is one of the most popular and you could be speaking a new language in no time thanks to this app. Pick a destination that you’d love to go to then start practicing your vocabulary for when you get there. French and Spanish are easy enough to learn and you can fit it around your schedule.
There’s no need to be bored or lonely as a stay at home mum, just check out some of these activities – there’s bound to be something you enjoy in there. These hobbies can all be picked up whenever you have a spare few minutes of peace and quiet.