This post may contain affiliate links and CorporetteMoms may earn commissions for purchases made through links in this post. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.When you become a mother, your sense of self goes through a major transformation (which we’ve discussed — from body image to overall identity), and one part of that is figuring out how to find time for hobbies as a working mom. Have you found ways to continue some (or all) of the activities that you enjoyed in your pre-parent days, and if so, how do you do it? For those of you who have gone through the “small kid” years, did you eventually find time for your hobbies? We’ve rounded up five tips on how to find time for hobbies as a working mom, below. Note that for all of these, if you’re struggling with mommy guilt, focus on what you get out of the hobby and how that end result helps your family. For example, if taking photographs helps you de-stress, your family gets a less stressed mom — win-win!
Five Ways to Find Time for Hobbies as a Working Mom1. Continue your hobby, but scale it down for a bit for now. If you love making elaborate meals from scratch, try a family-friendly cookbook — you can continue to enjoy making recipes from scratch while still saving time and ending up with something your kid will be more likely to eat (hopefully). We have ChopChop: The Kids’ Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family and The Whole Family Cookbook: Celebrate the Goodness of Locally Grown Foods. I also recently bought The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook as a birthday gift for an 8-year-old Harry Potter fan, and it sounds like it could be great for kids and parents to use together. (It’s the #1 bestseller in children’s cookbooks at Amazon.) [affiliate links] This post contains affiliate links and CorporetteMoms may earn commissions for purchases made through links in this post. For more details see here. Thank you so much for your support! 2. Involve your kid in your hobbies and interests. There are tons of possibilities for this, depending on the age of your kid — you can teach him about everything from fantasy football to kayaking to genealogy — and he might develop an interest in something you’d never expect.
- If you want to keep up your regular exercise habit, use a jogging stroller when your baby’s old enough, try Stroller Strides, sign up for mom-and-baby or parent-and-kid yoga classes, give your kid a very light set of weights while you do your strength training, go for a hike the woods with your baby or toddler in a carrier, use a bike trailer, run a 5K with your kid, play Just Dance together [affiliate link], and so on…
- If, like me, you’re really into music but cringe at a lot of kid-specific tunes, take your kid to concerts with protective headphones [affiliate link], put together a family band, have impromptu dance parties after dinner, or make a Spotify playlist of kid-friendly adult music like I did.
- If you’re really into photography, get your kid a child-friendly, plastic camera [affiliate link] and go to a park, do a day trip, or just walk around your neighborhood discovering things to capture in photos.
- Gardeners, buy your kid his own tools, gloves, etc. [affiliate link] and give him some seeds to plant. My son loves weeding, so I sometimes put him to work doing that!
- Crafting is, of course, an easy activity to do together (or alongside each other, as long as your kid is at an age when she won’t lean over and get finger paints all over your watercolor painting).
- Share Your Hobbies With Your Child [Parenting]
- Finding Balance in Motherhood: Hang onto Your Hobbies [Portland Moms Blog]
- Having Children Is No Excuse to Ditch Your Hobbies [CafeMom]
- Healthy Moms Have Hobbies: Here’s Why [Psychology Today]