Even though I think it’s important for everyone to have a hobby of some sort, most parents have difficulty in finding time to nurture a hobby. This is especially true with larger families, or when they have younger children. Before children, I was a total bookworm. At any given point, I had half a dozen books I was reading. Reading was really my only hobby, but I had plenty of time to devote to it.
After my children came along, I picked up a new hobby; scrapbooking. I had all of these photos, and just putting them in album after album seemed so boring. I was introduced to scrapbooking and quickly found that just having a few pictures of each activity on a cool, decorated page with a little explanation, made a world of difference with how I felt about displaying our photos. Scrapbook albums also make really great gifts!
The best thing about having a hobby is when I set aside time to read or scrap, I’m setting aside a little time to devote to myself. This keeps me from internally combusting when things get busy or stressful.