We’re still “new” to homeschooling, and to unschooling… even newer. While we’ve been in “the game” a few years now, it’s still a learning process. Not just for the kids, but for me too. Learning to be with your kids in an intentional learning environment all the time is tough. It’s tough to feel like you have to answer every single question they have all. The. Time. ‘Cause that’s why you homeschool, right, so everything can be a learning experience? When we first started out, homeschooling was my hobby. I was still shopping curriculums, reading homeschooling book after book, trying new approaches and figuring out what approach to schooling worked for our family. I didn’t have time for a Mom Hobby, but I slowly got to a point (about the same time we started unschooling) that I felt run down by homeschooling. I felt like life, and school was running me over and every time I stood back up something else (school related or not) would smash into me again. It was exhausting and making me dislike homeschooling the children. About the time we started to unschool, I also picked up sewing. I started out small, making pillow cases and sewing simple straight lines, and now I’ve become more advanced and enjoy making clothes for the kids or as gifts for others. It’s how I spend all of my free time.
So, the first reason every homeschool mom should have a hobby is for a mental break. You’re no good to anyone if your brain is bogged down with questions you’re answering for the kids all the time. Think of it as your job, you wouldn’t do your job 24/7 no matter how much you loved it. Homeschooling and momming are your jobs.
Reason number two you should have a Mom Hobby is for a quick(er) start and finish. Momming and schooling is a long, hard road that never feels done until it finally is. Giving yourself a creative outlet allows you to have a sense of accomplishment. (See the pictures below) The ability to stand back and look at a finished product works wonders for your confidence and longevity. Here are just a few things I’ve done just in the past few weeks:
And lastly, you wouldn’t let your kids do it. Like any parent, you would not allow your children to focus obsessively on only one thing for a huge portion of their life. Don’t allow yourself to do it either.
These things may go without saying for some. Stumbling upon my love for sewing, and actively pursuing it, was one of the best things I ever did for our homeschool. Do you have a hobby? If so, what is it?