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25 Hobbies for Stay-at-Home Parents

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No, laundry doesn't count

Between feeding everyone, picking up and dropping off the kids at their various activities, and tackling the seemingly never-ending heap of laundry, it's sometimes hard for parents to carve out time for sleep, let alone for a hobby. But making time to do something you enjoy can be beneficial for your mental and physical health, according to research conducted by the Australian Psychological Society. Have you ever wanted to learn a new language or how to play an instrument? Or, are you more interested in getting your hands dirty in an outdoor garden?

Below, we've assembled a list of 25 hobbies perfect for stay-at-home parents (or anyone, really!) to do solo or with their kids. Carpe hobbiem!

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No, laundry doesn't count
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If you want to feel grounded, might we suggest getting up close and personal with Mother Nature herself? Whether you wish to plant a low-key succulent garden or have aspirations to grow fruits and vegetables, gardening is a great way to unwind while also getting some vitamin D outside. Plus, gardening is an excellent activity to do with your kids — just be prepared to have dirty little footprints scattered through your house afterward!

Learn a new language

Parlez-vous française? Well, you could! Learning another language has never been more accessible thanks to programs like Duolingo, Babbel, and Rosetta Stone.

Listen to podcasts

If you need something to listen to while the kids are napping or you're doing chores around the house, consider checking out a podcast. With so many topics to explore, from true crime to cooking, you'll never be bored.

Polish your photography skills

Smartphones may have made amateur photographers out of all of us, but there's something special about picking up a DLSR camera, adjusting a real lens, and documenting the special moments in your life. Enroll in an online photography course or take advantage of the thousands of instructional videos online. From there, practice by snapping pictures of your kids and nature. Who knows, your hobby could one day turn into a lucrative side gig!

Learn to use Photoshop

Now that you're a photographer, teach yourself how to edit like the pros. Bonus: Your Photoshop skills will also come in handy if you want to design invitations or, you know, embarrass your kids by making hilarious memes.

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