Great things to do at home while your kids are at school

Perhaps the strangest thing about having kids is that while you may often find yourself overwhelmed when they’re there, and wishing you had a bit more alone time, when they’re gone it can be hard to know what to do with yourself. If you sometimes find yourself at a loss when they’re at school, here are some of the ways you could put that time to good use.

Spruce up your home

You may not have time to do big DIY jobs while your kids are in class, but there are always little jobs you could do to improve the way your home looks and feels. It might be time to re-paint peeling window frames, wax a hardwood floor or fill those little cracks where draughts get in. You could darn damaged curtains, re-tile part of the kitchen or even paint a room in a fresh colour and give your kids a surprise when they come home.

Get creative

When you’ve been focused on encouraging your kids’ creativity, it’s all too easy to neglect your own. How long has it been since you wrote a story, painted a picture or even sang a song? You might feel that you’ve lost the skills you had when you were younger, but there are lots of resources online to help you reacquire them. You could even try developing a new skill – and discover new talents and new passions in the process.

Try your hand at trading

If you’d like to use your spare time to try making some money, one way to do it is to learn the art of trading. Many brokers now offer demo accounts which give you the chance to explore and put your skills to the test without having to risk any money in the process. There is also an abundance of tips out there on how to become a successful trader. All you’ll need is a fast computer and a reliable internet connection, plus a willingness to apply yourself.

Work out

You might think of exercise as something that needs to be done in the gym, in a swimming pool or on a sports pitch, but there are lots of ways to get fit and shape up your body at home. Invest in a pull-up bar to fit in a doorway or pick up an exercise ball or a couple of adjustable weights and put yourself to the test. Don’t forget to warm up first and remember that you’ll get the best results from sticking to regular routines.

Do some baking

When you’re trying to manage your kids and feed them at the same time, there’s not much opportunity to get creative in the kitchen. When you’re on your own, cooking can become fun again. There’s time to create dishes that need to cook slowly or need extra care. It’s also a good opportunity to experiment with recipes you haven’t tried before, and there are lots out there on the internet, making it easy for you to discover new things.

Do some gardening

Is your garden neglected? Do you just have a square of hastily-mown grass and little else? It doesn’t have to be that way. Gardening can be a lot of fun, as it can give you something to feel proud of, and it can even help the environment. Trees and bushes soak up carbon from the atmosphere while the right choice of flowers and berry-bearing shrubs helps to feed bees and birds. You could even grow food for yourself and your family.

Chill out

Sometimes the best thing you can do for your body and mind is nothing. Get a couple of extra hours’ sleep curled up in a nice warm bed. Relax in front of the television or watch a favourite film. Enjoy a long, hot bath. In today’s busy world, it’s too easy to feel as if we should always be focused, always trying to achieve something, but relaxation matters and you’ll find that you become a little better at everything else when you’re getting enough of it.

Taking on activities like these – or even finding pleasant ways to be inactive – can help you to get a lot more out of the time when your kids are at school. There’s really no need to feel bored, and exploring your new interests also means that you won’t feel stuck for conversation when you have company again. Having kids should never mean that you don’t get the chance to enjoy a life of your own.

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