Parenting requires your full attention, so the bulk of your days may currently consist of working to provide financially for your family and tending to your family’s various needs at home. Your daily routine may leave little or no time for you to pursue your own passions and personal interests. In this way, it may seem as though one aspect of your life has been put on hold or that you have made a sacrifice. While this is a common occurrence with parents, the reality is that you can still pursue your passions while parenting. These tips will help you to accomplish this goal.

Recruit Help

Some special interests and passions are individual activities or are not well-suited for adaptation for children. If this is the case for you, understand that you do not have to do everything on your own. You may hire a babysitter for a few hours each week, or you can set up a childcare rotation with a few of your neighbors who have kids. By doing so, you may enjoy free time regularly to explore your interests.

Make It a Family Affair

Another idea is to share your interests with your family. For example, if you enjoy jogging, you can invest in a jogging stroller and bring young children. Children may go camping and hiking with you, learn to paint or cook and enjoy other activities. You may need to adjust the activities, equipment or supplies to suit your child’s skill level, age and abilities. Over time, you may find that your children are just as passionate about the activity as you are.

Take Classes Online

If you have an interest that you have not yet pursued, you understandably may need to learn the ropes. In some cases, you may be able to take online courses to receive classroom education. Regardless of whether you attend a traditional online college, an online technical college or even an online college for military personnel, you may find that taking an online class enables you to learn in your free time, such as around the kids’ nap schedules, school hours and more.

Parents are busy people with responsibilities that simply cannot be shirked. However, this does not mean that you have no time available to enrich your life with a special interest or hobby. Depending on your lifestyle situation as well as your specific interests, you may find that one or several of these tips may be combined to help you add a new element to your life.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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