No time for you? Go on, make some, you can do it!
In an ideal world, parenting shouldn’t mean abandoning every outside interest you’ve ever had to focus on your children. In fact if you go by the mantra of ‘happy parent happy child’ it is actually really important to try and maintain your personal identity rather than let it vanish in a puff of parenthood.
However being a full time mother leaves very little time to do the things you did before you became a parent, no matter how much yo wish you could. So keeping up with the things you love to do may seem like an impossible dream, but with a little planning it can be achievable.
Enjoy activities with your kids
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to still enjoy the things you love is to do them with your kids. Not all activities will be suitable of course but there are a great range of things you can enjoy with your children.
Art classes are a great way to rediscover a love of something you maybe haven’t done since you were a child. Learning a language with your child is also a great way to do something that you will both benefit from and can enjoy improving together.
Sport also lends itself to you being able to get involved and do something you love, either by helping coach your children or in the case of swimming, taking them along for a class and then heading off to the adult pool for a swim by yourself.
Taking time to visit galleries and museums as a family is also a great way of staying connected with the things you love to do, whilst also stimulating your kids’ minds.
Make more time for you
Of course you don’t always have to do everything with the kids in tow, but just how do you make more free time for yourself?
This is where the internet can prove really useful. You can save time by doing near enough everything online, whether it is online supermarket shopping, paying utility bills, excess insurance, organising or organising direct debits. What used to take hours on the telephone or standing around in queues can now be done in minutes.
And as we all know, the beauty of the internet is that it is available 24 hours per day, so you can fit in doing all the boring but necessary tasks around the time you spend enjoying the activities you love – either with or without your children.