(Inside: Take beautiful pictures of your vacations. You will be so glad you have them to look back on.)
Hobbies Empower Us
But, as moms, we can feel like we shouldn’t pursue our hobbies. Yes, we don’t have the same time as our retired neighbor, but keeping our hobbies at a low simmer is good for us – and our kids.
Because our actions always speak louder than words. For example, my kids watch me teach myself how to be a better photographer and Photoshop user. I’m actively showing them this life-long skill: If they want to learn to do something – they can teach it to themselves. I’m empowering myself by building confidence in my ability and giving myself a stress reliever, but also, I’m empowering my crew to read instructions, search for how-to videos online and become self-sufficient, life-long learners.
That skill set…they can take anywhere.
So, go ahead and make room for your hobby. You kids will learn good things from watching you. I know I’ve never looked back and regretted the photos I’ve taken. Absolutely the opposite, I’m so glad I took the time to capture memories.
Here are some pictures of our family vacations. This one is in beautiful Colorado where we visited my grandma twice a year until she passed away at age 99. These photos hold so many good memories.
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.