A hobby provides interesting and enjoyable diversion from everyday responsibilities. Having a hobby is a great way to be good to yourself as you travel the path of parenting. If you do not have a hobby, think about something that you have always wanted to do. Many hobbies cost nothing, but the benefits are valuable.
A Break at Home
Perhaps your child has an early bedtime schedule. You have made the effort to stick to the schedule and the child is accustomed to it. Not only does the schedule work great for your child, the schedule offers you an opportunity to take a break at home — with your hobby.
Many hobbies are done at home (scrapbooking, stamping, collections, art, music), and yet they seem to take the hobbyist to another world. They provide a mental break while you are still available if your child needs you.
Some hobbies offer the added benefit of physical exercise. Running, biking, skiing, exercise and dance classes, sports, swimming, and plain old walking are physical hobbies that can easily fit into your schedule. Regular physical exercise is a contributing factor to strong emotional health.
Exercise relieves stress and makes it easier to take a positive approach to frustrating challenges. It also promotes good physical health. As a healthier parent, you will be better able to meet your child's needs. You owe it to yourself and to your baby to exercise on a regular basis. Plan to participate in some physical exercise several times a week.
Hobbies That Make Money
Sometimes parents make a hobby into a small business. You may sell home party items, give classes, or create crafts to sell by combining a hobby and business. One key to making this kind of plan successful is to keep your expectations realistic. Be realistic about the amount of time you can devote to it, and be realistic about the amount of money you expect to make. Remember that the goal is to have a hobby to enjoy, not to get rich.