A recent article in the Union-Tribune touts what most moms have known all along - united moms are happy moms. Ask any mom of a toddler or a teenager, and they’ll tell you that the bonds of friendship with other moms go a long way toward preserving their sense of sanity.

Of course, one way to build or strengthen those friendships is through shared activities and interests. You might simply go for a walk together each morning or take turns planning free activities with the little ones. Maybe you’re a book hound and would enjoy getting together with your girlfriends and others in a book club.

Getting together over shared hobby projects is an old standby. Discover what skill sets reside in your group of friends or research some educational hobby ideas where you can all learn a new skill together. Think outside the box … you’re not limited to the typical “mommy hobbies,” guys from Hobbies Expert did a good job posting useful articles about hobbies.

Try your hand at stained glass, build a miniature doll house or village, or learn about astronomy. Yes, each of these educational hobbies can be pursued individually, but we’re social creatures. It’s a lot more fun to learn new skills and try new things with our friends!

Example Of Hobbies With Kids

  • Kids are natural collectors. At least my boys were … don’t ask me what I found in their jeans pockets! (Laundry day was always an adventure.) Nurture their obsession with interesting rocks, feathers, sea shells or what have you, by providing them with a way to organise and display their collections.
  • Rocks can be tumbled and polished and turned into unique jewelery or craft items.
  • Interesting feathers can be used for fly tying. This intricate hands-on hobby builds hand-eye coordination and provides useful fly fishing lures.
  • Sea-shells can be used in or on photo frames, incorporated into furnishings, or if the shape is right … they make an interesting home for a hermit crab.
  • History becomes real when kids get involved in stamp collecting. Think of all the stories that surround just one of our US postage stamps. Incorporate the stories into the stamp collection. Your child’s teachers will thank you!
  • If your child is into baseball, by all means, encourage him or her to collect baseball cards. Here’s an opportunity to learn about the legends AND learn about negotiating and trading.