After having my son and becoming a stay at home mom, I had an identity crisis. Overnight, my world came to an immediate change in direction!
It seemed like everything I did before motherhood was replaced by taking care of my baby and home. After a few months of feeling completely lost, I worked on not losing myself completely to motherhood.
I still needed an identity and purpose outside of being a mom. I wanted to thrive not just survive.
One way that I did that was by including hobbies into my stay at home mom lifestyle. It was a little difficult at first.
Now, I had to make sure it all fit around being a mom which meant less time and money spent on hobbies.
Hobbies are not impossible for moms. However, you will need to change a few things up to make them fit into your mom life.
If you are bored at home, wanting to have more fun as a mom, or looking for ways to make money from your hobbies, here are some ideas.
After the ideas, I’ll share practical tips for incorporating hobbies into your life as a mom. The hobbies marked with an * are also possibilities for money making hobbies!
Hobbies for Stay at Home Moms
1. Outdoor Hobbies
- Vegetable Gardening*
- Flower Gardening*
- Container Gardening
- Fairy Gardens*
- Raising chickens
- Collect things from nature
*If you have enough of these, you could sell at a local farmer’s market.
2. Craft Hobbies
- Watercolor Painting*
- Canvas Oil Painting*
- Coloring Pages
- Hand Lettering*
- Chalk Board Lettering
- Pencil Drawing
- Card Making*
- Paper Quilling
- Candle Making*
- Cricut Maker*
- Flipping thrift store finds
- Dollar Store Crafting
*It may take you time to learn the skill, but eventually you could sell these crafts at handmade markets or online through Etsy.
3. Money Making Hobbies
- Soap Making
- Lotion Making
- Digital Prints to Sell on Etsy or Teachers Pay Teachers
- Blogging (How to Blog for Profit without Selling Your Soul) affiliate link
- Youtube videos (Get monetized at 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours)
- Home Decor Instagram Account (Get sponsored posts with enough followers)
- Jewelry Making
- Ghost writing
- Sewing Clothes/Making alterations
- Candle Making
- T-shirt Making
- Decals for thermoses or computers
4. Hobbies In the Kitchen
- Cookie Decorating*
- Cake decorating*
- Learning new cooking skills
- Bread Baking*
- Homemade Sauces and Spices*
- Making speciality coffee drinks
- Catering meals
*Sell at local handmade stores or markets. You can also sell online to friends on social media.
5. Miscellaneous Hobbies
- Visit Museums
- Listening to Audiobooks
- Pet Sitting
Now that you have a list of ideas, let’s talk about how to actually make time for these hobbies with kids!
How to Make Time for Hobbies
Follow daily and weekly routines.
You probably have more time in the day than you think! Make sure you have a flexible daily plan. That way, you accomplish those really important things like dishes and laundry, and still have time for hobbies. See how to create a stay at home mom schedule here.
Once you are following a routine, you’ll be able to make time for personal hobbies. Look through your day or week, and schedule a time just for your hobby!
Depending on the hobby you choose, you may only need an hour a week or 20 minutes a day.
Personally, I enjoy a few different hobbies even with my kids. It looks a little different, and I don’t do them exactly the way I’d like to, but I can still enjoy doing things I love even as a mom.
We go on a hike once a week at a nature center. When they were younger, I’d put them in the stroller and go for walks while listening to podcasts.
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Take advantage of quiet time.
Your kids don’t have to be entertained all day long. It’s actually good for them to have independent play. At our house, we are on the go most of the day, but in the afternoon, each of my kids spend quiet time in their rooms.
They look through books, build with blocks, play with dolls, ect. Anything they want to do as long as it is quiet and in their own rooms.
Of course, you’ll want to make sure your kids rooms are safe. This podcast episode is full of great tips: Independent Summer Play.
During afternoon quiet time, I often work on my blog which is a money making hobby for me.
Spend less time on the phone.
So this is a big one for me. It’s a struggle that I have to be super intentional about. If I’m not careful, I’ll waste an hour scrolling social media, but then complain that I don’t have any time for fun things!
This summer, I decided to delete Instagram off my phone. It’s amazing how many times I’ve reached for my phone just to check Instagram and realize it’s not on there anymore.
Guess what I do instead? I put my phone down and DO something!
Maybe your phone isn’t what is wasting your time. It might be something else. But get honest with yourself and ask what is taking up your time that you could be spending on hobbies which actually fulfill you.
Include your kids in hobbies when possible.
So this is not always possible, and you may not want your kids with you while you do your own thing. But when it is possible, let them be a part of what you are doing.
That way you are doing something fun and getting quality time with your kids.
An example of this is my garden. I work on it by myself in the evenings after the kids go to bed, but I also let them help me water and weed the garden a little bit during the day.
Another thing I do is adult coloring pages while my kids color at the table.
When I’m trying a new recipe, I let them add ingredients help in small ways where possible.
Having hobbies as a stay at home mom is not impossible. Get creative and intentional, and you’ll find you can have a life beyond laundry and the dishes!
If you are feeling overwhelmed at home, be sure to sign up for the free Balanced Mom Checklist to help you have a clean house, dinner on the table, and family time!