Being a stay-at-home Mom can be very
Reading yourself also gives you the
skill of writing in giving Dawah.
opportunity to set a good example for your
Make an Islamic blog and write about your
women, especially those with a first child.
children. You can have them read a book at
life as a Muslim, new things that you have
Motherhood brings along not only a new
the same time as you are reading. This also
learned, about Hijab and how do you feel
baby, but having to adjust to a completely
gives you a chance to bond and interact with
wearing it etc. You might change many
new lifestyle and to give up on many things.
them. Discuss things that you read and also
misconceptions about Islam through your
Now you find that the free time for things
encourage them to read about Companions
"...find a hobby which will occupy her time in a beneficial way and give her the chance to cultivate her skills."
Hobbies for stay @home moms by Anastasia Izgagina
you used to enjoy, and have time for to do
of the Prophet, peace be upon him, about
exclusively for yourself seems to just vanish
their lives and their character.
4. Make Jewelry.
angry and frustrated at their disappearing
Also, why not start a book club with other
If you are skillful and have a lot of patience,
life. But the truth is – being a stay-at-home
women? Invite other sisters to your home
this can be a great hobby for you. In order to
Mom does not mean you have to give up on
and discuss a book, read about the lives of
start, you can visit the local craft store where
the Women companions of the Prophet,
you can find a huge variety of materials to
before you know it. Many mothers are left
peace be upon him, and learn from them.
make jewelry with. You can make jewelry for
A book group is a great way to get to know
yourself, for your friends and families or even
finding hobbies that were for myself even
other sisters. At the same time, having the
to sell at local craft fairs.
throughout a hectic schedule around my son
goal of reading one book per month forces
uplifted my spirits, gave me an opportunity
you to take time for yourself.
5. Learn to Sew.
to bring joy and smile to others, and even helped to inspire other stay-at-home Moms. I
Learning sewing can give you endless possibilities of things you can create. You
encourage every sister to take some time out
Stay in shape and take care of your body.
can start off by making simple things, like
and find a hobby which will occupy her time
Most women find that they don’t have the
a baby quilt and then move on to tackling
in a beneficial way and give her the chance
same body as they did before they had
larger projects. Now with online resources,
to cultivate her skills. If you’re not sure where
children. This is natural but often brings
to get started, here are some hobbies that
frustration to many women. Working out
different patterns and projects can be found
have been helpful for many stay-at-home
gives you that chance to feel stronger,
everywhere. Try them out! If you get really
gives you a more positive self-image, and
good at this, you may even be able to sell
provides that much needed boost of energy
some of your work for a profit.
(especially when you have children!).
Read whatever interests you and make time
6. Learn how to cook and eat healthy.
for yourself. It can be very beneficial for
you to read Islamic books about improving
If you like to write, you can make a blog
your marriage and how to raise children the
and share your thoughts and ideas with
Remember, a healthy Muslim makes a strong
Islamic way. Spend part of your day learning
the world. Depending on your interests and
Muslim. Learn some new recipes, and take
your Deen, it will always bring you benefit
what you wish to write about, whether it is
some time out to read about nutrition and
and teach you how to live your life in best
public or private is completely up to you.
healthy eating. Use this newly acquired
Writing can relieve stress in your life and give
knowledge to make your meals tastier and
you a creative outlet. You can also use the
healthy for your whole family.
This opens doors for communication and
responsible for the wellbeing of your
brings the realization of many things that
children and whole family. That’s why it is
we have in common and need as human
very important to take time to think about
beings in order to live together in harmony
a healthy diet and how to maintain healthy
and peace. It also provides a platform to get
life style. Eating the right foods will also give
to know people and gives an opportunity for
you more energy which you definitely need
da’wah to the greater community.
in day to day routine in order to keep your
Another wonderful idea that worked for
9. Get involved in the community and charity organizations.
many Moms is opening a resale store. There’s
Getting involved with the community
no stocking and inventory needed for this,
and charity organizations gives you that
just clean up your children’s closets and see
opportunity to benefit others and take an
the items that are still in good condition and
active role in the Ummah. Whether it is by
can be re-sold. With the rates that children
helping distribute donations, speaking to
grow out of clothing, you’ll find many parents
or contacting families in need, cooking for a
who look for ways to dress their children in
homeless shelter, or any other charity event.
brand names, or nice clothing without the
Even volunteering once a week to visit older
tied expenses from buying new clothes.
people, who may need your help, assistance
The resale business makes it affordable for
or even just company, is a great thing to
parents to dress up their precious sprouts
do! Remember, any act of charity is greatly
without going broke. Take advantage of this
rewarded in Islam, even if it is just saying a
and also use it as an opportunity to clean out
good word or smiling at someone.
household and yourself happy.
7. A Resale Business.
the closets. You can even take advantage of new online resources, such as websites, to
In the end, there are so many different
expand your business.
hobbies to choose from. Take some time out
8. Open the doors of your home and invite others to learn about Islam.
yourself to think about how you would like
This was an inspiration given to me by a sister
home. Try to go out and meet other Moms,
who does just this. She occasionally invites
other people with similar interests, or simply
other people from different backgroun
find some time for yourself to take a walk
ds to learn about Islam. Both Muslims and
and get a bit of fresh air. Do not give up on
Non Muslims alike come together to meet
yourself just because you are now a mother.
and share their life experiences, thoughts
Find hobbies that you enjoy and it will bring
positive results to your well-being. This will
to spend your free time. As a mother myself, I do recommend for every sister to find a hobby that can benefit others and they enjoy. Remember, being a stay-at-home Mom does not mean that you are tied only to the
translate not only to helping yourself, but your family and all those around you.
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Published on Sep 7, 2011
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