Posted: Apr 13, 2012 8:00 AM
Whether the kids are in school or your youngster is snoozing soundly for a nap, using your free time for you is the key to keeping your sanity when you're a stay-at-home mom. Whether they involve arts and crafts or are just a sweet escape, hobbies can be a great way to unwind and be the best mom you can be for your kids.

From scrapbooking to blogging, discover ideas on hobbies for stay-at-home moms.

Start scrapping

Arts and crafts that don't require a lot of time are great for stay-at-home moms.

Scrapbooking is an easy hobby that doesn't have to be done all at once — plus it preserves your photo memories for a lifetime.

Work up a sweat

Exercise is a hobby that not only helps you stay healthy, but also gets feel-good endorphins pumping to make for a happier mommy. Whether you train for a marathon or hit the gym with a friend, physical hobbies are packed with benefits for stay-at-home moms.

Begin blogging

mouseBlogging as a hobby can give stay-at-home moms an outlet to vent about parenthood, as well as be a great way to keep family and friends abreast of your clan's latest happenings. You may also aim to build up your blog to turn a profit by posting about your favorite hobbies, from arts and crafts to beauty to pet care.

Enjoy a no-sew hobby

Whether you tie up warm-weather staples for your own brood or craft these easy-to-make projects as gifts, no-sew hobbies don't take a lot of time and require no sewing skills whatsoever. For an easy, no-sew blanket, use two equally-sized pieces of fleece placed back-to-back, fringe cut 4-inch deep by 1-inch wide along the border and double knot the two pieces together for a hobby you'll master in no-time.

Indulge in a book

You don't have to join a book club to take up reading as a hobby. Schedule some time with your eBook or pick up your favorite paperback to escape the stresses of motherhood, even if only for a few short moments each day.

With so many hobbies for stay-at-home moms that don't take a lot of time, it's important to pursue a hobby that interests you. "It is never too late to be your children's best role model by showing them how you take care of yourself and actively seek optimal well-being," explains licensed family therapist and parenting expert Kimberley Clayton Blaine, M.A., MFT, In the end, your youngsters will thank you for it!

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