It’s Day 5 of my 10-day series on Self-Care for Homeschool Moms! I’m so excited because this is one of my favorite topics! For self-care, I feel strongly that every homeschool mom needs to have hobbies.
I will confess that I have probably taken this advice to an extreme since I became a mom. When I had my first baby, I was so excited to be a mom. Like most new moms, I read all the books, I browsed all the forums and I joined Facebook groups looking for advice on how to be the best mom.
From all my reading, I knew it was normal for moms to feel like their own identity get lost in all their roles and responsibilities. A few months after having my baby, that’s exactly how I started to feel. I wanted to find a fun hobby that I could do that was unrelated to any of my new mommy duties.
So I started looking around to see what other stay-at-homes moms were doing and decided that I wanted to learn…photography. Of course.
Photography was the first in a long line of big learning adventures for me. I have also learned cake decorating and quilting, started researching my family history, and became a real estate agent.
You don’t have to overdo it as I do. Just choose one hobby that you can really get excited about.
Find New Hobbies
“All work and no play…” makes mom a cranky mess. Having fun and doing enjoyable hobbies is what self-care is all about. For your health and happiness, find opportunities to be creative and experience moments of self-fulfillment.
Is there something that you’ve always wanted to learn about or a new hobby you have wanted to try?
I’m sure you’re already aware of the massive amount of educational materials available online. We teach our kids with them all the time. There are tons of courses, websites, and tutorials online to teach you more about any subject you can think of! Just choose a topic and get started.
Not sure you have enough time? The good news about hobbies is that they are patient. They are happy with whatever time you can find to give them. Even a short amount of time every day or every week adds up over time.
It’s never too late to learn something new! Every year when graduation season comes around, I love to hear the stories of older people who have gone back to school to earn their high school diploma or college degree. For example, Nola Ochs was 95 when she earned her college degree!
Reconnect With Old Hobbies
Fast forward a few years, and I had three young children and at least as many hobbies that I had tried. I didn’t feel like I had been very good at any of them. They just “weren’t my thing.”
And then one day I had a thought that hit me like a ton of bricks. I thought, “Why am I trying so hard to reinvent myself? Why am I trying to learn something new when I have talents that I already know I’m good at?”
So, after 10 years of neglecting my musical talents, I signed up for piano lessons. I found a wonderful teacher who agreed to teach me just one lesson per month because I knew that’s all I had time for.
Those lessons meant so much to me. It was so refreshing to reconnect with something I had loved so much when I was younger. Taking piano lessons also helped me build my confidence so that I could teach my own kids how to play the piano. Having music in our home has been such a blessing to our family.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.Henry Ford
Do you have a talent that has been gathering dust over the years? What did you like to do when you were younger? What extra-curricular activities did you participate in when you were a teenager?
Rediscover those things again! It’s like meeting up with an old friend.
Be Happy That You’re Setting A Good Example For Your Kids
As homeschool moms, we frequently talk about teaching our kids to be “lifelong learners.” We hope that they understand learning is not something that we get done and out of the way so we can move on to careers and family life. Learning is something we do throughout our entire lives.
By learning a new hobby or rediscovering a new one you’re setting a great example of what life long learning actually looks like.
Good job momma.
More on hobbies for self-care:
- I love what Pam Barnhill has to say about hobbies for homeschool moms!
- Need a hobby idea? Katrina at Rule This Roost has a great list of hobbies for mommas to try.
You’ll Also Love:
- Become a self-care expert! Find the entire collection of articles from this series here. (Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see all the bloggers participating in this 10-Day Tips For Homeschooling Moms series!)
- Why Self-Care Is Critically Important For Homeschooling Moms