Raising your children to the best of your ability will always be your top priority as a parent, but it doesn’t mean you need to neglect yourself in the process. It’s perfectly possible to improve yourself and work on your skills and goals while taking care of your children, and it’s highly recommended that you do so. It helps you to maintain a sense of self, and can help you to stay motivated, happy and generally be the best person and parent you can be. Here are some ideas for going about it.
Gain an academic qualification
The advancement of the internet has changed all of our lives in so many ways. One example is how accessible education has become- not so long ago, if you wanted to gain a qualification you would have had to attend a college or university in person. This would have instantly excluded lots of people, including busy moms who wouldn’t necessarily have been able to get the childcare, or have had the time to travel there and back every day. These days, you can study online and gain proper, accredited qualifications right from your own home. It’s completely flexible, and can be done on a part time basis so is something you can fit around raising your children. You could do an hour at nap time, or in the evening when your little ones are sleeping. Once they start school, you have a chunk of time during the day that you can buckle down and focus on it. You could study a course that has always interested you, anything from social work to English to a christian psychology degree. Alternatively, you could keep your future career in mind. Think of what would improve your job prospects when you return to work when your children are older, whether it’s building on the skills and career you’ve put on hold, or as a way to start something new.
Boost your creativity
Creativity is a fun way to express yourself, and as a mom and homemaker these are skills that are always going to come in useful. You could join a class and attend every week, or you could teach yourself at home with a course or in a casual way- such as reading articles and watching Youtube videos. It could be baking, cooking, sewing, flower arranging, knitting or whatever else grabs your interest. It’s something enjoyable so a great way to spend any free time you have, allows you to build your skills and in most cases, you get a finished product at the end that you’re able to enjoy.
Improve your fitness
As mothers, we’re very good at looking after others- and our family and kids will always be our top priority. But what this can mean is that we sometimes end up neglecting ourselves. You can’t pour from an empty cup, to provide the best care and be the best parent you can, you need to be functioning to your best potential. Exercise will increase your endurance, meaning you feel less sluggish and tired and have more energy to enjoy your life. It also helps to protect you against illness. If you get the opportunity to go to the gym, it’s a chance to get out of the house and do something for you. Otherwise, you could exercise at home, go on long walks or bike rides with the kids. If you invest in a smartwatch or fitness tracker, you’ll be able to see how much you currently do, and what you can do to improve this.