In the past decades, many people have made the decision to pursue careers, but that trend seems to be changing. Home and hobby are calling to those who are willing to make financial and personal sacrifices in order to be the primary support for their small children. Many have returned to being parents at home, and hobby skills can help them meet their financial challenges as a one-income family.
One hobby that helps the mother at home is cooking. Though it could be considered work, cooking and baking are fascinating hobbies. One can explore the cuisine of different countries or learn to create gourmet treats. Baking can yield wholesome whole grain products that nourish the family for a fraction of the cost of loaves bought at the store.
Another skill that comes in handy is sewing. Many homemakers are producing quilts that are works of art. These beautiful garments can be made inexpensively by recycling unwanted fabrics into squares and other shapes and artistically arranging the pieces. Skills that are also useful for the stay-at-home-mom are mending, altering, and creating clothing. When polled about favourite pastimes, women often rank sewing at the top.
Some moms and their husbands actively work on remodelling their home where carpentry skills come in handy. One-income families can hold the cost of living down by learning to “do it yourself,” a term that is used so much it has been shortened into “DIY.” The Internet has made it possible to find information on making all sorts of repairs and renovations to homes.
Gardening is a hobby that not only gets the participant close to nature, but also can put high quality food on the table. Some families are even investing in greenhouses and growing enough to sell. A good practical hobby like growing a garden gives a person a sense of accomplishment when they realize their efforts have created something useful and profitable.
The homemaking parent that has a sense of art can inexpensively create harmony and beauty around the house, raising everyone’s standard of living. It doesn’t have to involve spending any money. Perhaps she can arrange dried wild flowers beautifully or create simple hand-lettered wall mottos that lift everyone’s spirit.
Yes, home and hobby call to the parents of today, suggesting a simpler way of life closer to those people and things that matter most. While the career women are truly making an important impact on today’s world, the quiet return of many to home and hobby may result in more impact than any of us realizes.
Any more hobby ideas?