Home and Hobby Pursuits
Returning to the Simple Joys of Hobbies
Our world today is changing fast and so are our habits and attitudes with it. What
used to take decades and even centuries earlier on to see changes in society, now it takes less and less - social
changes often happen now in a few years only. This also takes its toll on our use of time and creative notions,
leaving less time for home and hobby pursuits.
In the past decades, many mothers have made the decision to pursue careers, but
that trend seems to be changing. Home and hobby are calling to these women, who are willing to make financial and
personal sacrifices in order to be the primary caregivers for their small children. Many women have returned to
being keepers at home, and hobby skills can help them meet the financial challenges of being a one income
Cooking and baking
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.
Cooking is an ideal home hobby that can provide
joy to the whole family.
Another home and hobby skill that comes in handy is sewing on a sewing machine.
Many homemakers are producing quilts that are works of art. These beautiful offerings can be made inexpensively by
recycling unwanted fabrics into squares and other shapes and artistically arranging the pieces. Other sewing skills
that are useful for the stay-at-home-mom are mending, altering, and creating clothing. When polled about favorite
pastimes, women often rank sewing at the top.
Perhaps surred on by home renovating TV shows (or is that the other way around),
some moms and their husbands actively work on remodeling their home, and hobby carpentry skills come in handy. One
income families hold down the cost of living 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, furnishings and other belongings.
|There's no better way
for a home hobby than to use your spare time for improving your home and creating a great garden,
thus making your house
more livable and improving your home value. (photo by
Melodi T., New Zealand)
Perhaps one of the oldest hobbies, gardening is a hobby that not only gets the
participant close to nature, but also can put high quality produce on the family table. Some families are even
investing in hobby greenhouses or growing enough extra to sell a bit each week at farmers' markets. 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.
Homemaking parents create family harmony
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 mottoes that lift
Yes, home and hobby call to the women 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