As adults with busy lives and demanding day-to-day responsibilities, we rarely have the opportunity to set aside designated time to dedicate to ourselves. 

And if you’re a single parent, such a luxury is even further out of reach. 

A ‘wind down’ in your busy life may well simply consist of a Netflix session on the sofa, but at the end of a five-hour TV binge you may often be left with that dull, deflated feeling, as if your relaxation time never really happened. 

It’s true that no time enjoyed is truly wasted. But if you’re looking for a more fulfilling way to pass the time, these are just three simple and rewarding hobbies that are ideal for busy single parents, designed to fit in around your lifestyle and make the most of those rare moments of ‘you’ time. 

1. Blogging 

For a single parent, blogging can be a healthy creative outlet and one which helps you discover a community of like-minded individuals with similar experiences to your own. 

It can also be financially rewarding – although bloggers making a fulltime living from their efforts are few and far between, it is possible to earn a little extra income through your craft if you know how. Advertisements are the main source of income for most, as brands will pay for promotion from bloggers with well-established readerships. 

To build this type of following, you’ll need to know how to market your blog – agencies like Maratopia Digital Marketing can help you build a distinctive site and boost it up search engines to reach a wider audience. 

If you’ve always wanted to write but never had the time, blogging is an excellent way to hone your skills in a condensed format and with a blog of your own you have free reign to write about whatever captures your interest.

2. Arts and crafts

Creativity comes in many different forms and whether you’re an absolute beginner or casual hobbyist, you can experiment with mediums to find activities you enjoy. 

Sewing can be a particularly useful hobby for parents, especially if you’re on a budget – not only is it a great way to add homemade crafts around the house, it can also be used to extend the lifespan of clothing items, saving you a little extra cash here and there. 

Alternatively, why not try your hand at making household items like soap and candles? Not only are they relatively easy to produce, they can be also enjoyed around the house and make excellent gifts for your loved ones!

3. Reading 

So the saying goes, ‘Having fun isn’t hard when you have a library card.’ 

Reading is a cheap, easy and enjoyable hobby that can be enjoyed anywhere. It’s not too time-consuming either – with just a little as ten minutes free you can tuck into a good book, and save the rest for later. 

It’s also a hobby which can be enjoyed with your kids, which is perfect for busy parents – read aloud with your children or encourage them to grab a book of their own! 

These are just three single-parent friendly pastimes you can enjoy from home!

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Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


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