5 Good Reasons to Learn a Craft (and How to Make the Time for It!)

5 Good Reasons to Learn a Craft (and How to Make the Time for It!)

Kids shouldn’t have all the fun! Even busy moms can benefit from arts and crafts.

By Betsy Voreacos

In your crazy, stressed-out, packed-to-the-minute life, learning a new craft might not even make the last line of your 100-page To Do list. But there are some surprising benefits to picking up a creative new hobby! Here are a few of them:

  1. To relax: As moms, we’re used to our minds racing all over the place. Our thoughts are always two steps ahead of our bodies because we have to be three steps ahead of our kids. Sometimes we need something to shut down the chatter, calm down our nerves, and help our brains shift gears. Knitting, crocheting, needlework, and jigsaw puzzles all help channel anxiety and decelerate our racing minds to a slow jog.
  2. To bring out your inner artist: If you think you can’t craft, that’s all the more reason to do it. We get so caught up in what we “can” and “cannot” do that we tend to nix an idea before we even try it. When’s the last time you painted a picture, threw some clay, or tried folding an origami crane? You may surprise yourself, as your creativity is unleashed, with just how artistic you really are – or at least how much you’ve missed that side of yourself that’s been dormant for way too long.
  3. To pat yourself on the back: We all need a boost every now and then, and we’re simply not going to get it for keeping a clean kitchen. Completing a project gives us a sense of pride, accomplishment, and satisfaction, not to mention kudos from admirers.

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  1. To give a gift from the heart: Nothing is better than a homemade gift – especially when it comes from a busy mom. Paint your own ornaments, pickle some vegetables, design your own jewelry, or make your own candles and stash them away to give as gifts next holiday season.
  2. To reclaim “me” time: You need time to yourself and your family needs to see you taking it. Don’t think of it as taking time away from your kids but rather that you are teaching them the importance of being a well-rounded human being. And showing them that you’re more than a milk machine!

Are your artistic endeavors these days limited to helping the kids finger paint and string macaroni necklaces? Yeah, us too. Here are some tips for making time for your own projects:


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  1. Make it a priority! Sometimes the only way to have time is to make time. Schedule an hour a day or a couple hours a week and devote it to your craft. Let your family know this is non-negotiable and you won’t be available for refereeing fights or finding lost homework.
  2. Take it with you. Crocheting and knitting can easily be done while waiting in the carpool line, watching a kids’ baseball game, or attending a PTA meeting.
  3. Integrate it into your social life. Gather friends or advertise for people interested in joining a mom’s quilting club, painting group, or knitting circle. Rotate houses and bring the kids to play with each other.

What’s your favorite craft?

Betsy lives with her family a stone’s throw from New York City. An overly involved mother of three children, Betsy has always been acutely aware of her shortcomings as a parent, not to mention those of her children. She documents her life in the brutally honest Old Minivans Die Hard.

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