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Make the Most of Your Time While Kids Are at School

Aug 29, 2017|

With the kids back in school, you might find a little more free time on your hands.

Those extra hours you get each school day are a great time to do the things you need and want to do. But you might be wondering, what should you do?

While the answer will be different for each person, the key is finding activities that make you feel productive and fulfilled.

If you aren’t sure exactly how to spend your new acquired free time, don’t worry. There are plenty of great options.

Do volunteer work

Use your free time to give back to your community. Volunteering at your child’s school and getting involved in the PTA, community council, classroom, or lunchroom are great ways to connect with other parents and stay involved. Or you might consider volunteering at your local animal shelter or public library. There are plenty of great service opportunities available, so find what you are passionate about.

Take an online course

If there’s a skill or subject you want to learn about, why not take an online course about it? There are plenty of great online classes readily available to you, and many are free depending on your interests. Taking an online course is a fun and productive way to use your free time. Not sure where to start? Here are a few great online offerings:

Establish an exercise routine

With all the time and energy you put into your child’s well-being, it’s easy to forget about your own personal health. The truth is, you will be better able to take care of your family when you are at your best self.

Put aside time each day for exercise in whatever way works best for you. You can go for a jog around your neighborhood or even simply pull out the yoga mat and work out right on your living room floor.

To simplify your exercise routine, you might want to consider investing in smart technology. If your routine involves leaving the house to go on a walk or run, you don’t want to have to carry keys around. With smart locks, all you need is a memorized door code. No keys necessary, which also means there’s no chance you’ll accidently lock yourself out.

Learn more about how Smart Locks can simplify your life.

In addition, smart speakers or smart TVs are great tools you can use to help you easily find online exercise routines or workout playlists to play out loud and get you in the groove at home.

Learn a language

If you’re like most people, your high school Spanish skills have probably disappeared. Learning a foreign language can be a challenging yet rewarding use of time. There are great language learning tools you can use such as podcasts, music playlists, language apps, and online tutorials. If you’re one of those people who keeps telling yourself that you want to learn a new language, why not start now?

Start a home business

Staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t still earn money. With modern technology, it’s easier than ever to start your own business. Here are a couple examples of things you can do:

  • Utilize an art skill you have and sell your crafts online
  • Blog about your passion
  • Write and sell books
  • Offer consulting services

Go out with friends

Get together with some friends for coffee or lunch. You have great relationships in your life outside of your immediate family and it’s not always easy to find time to see these people. Now that the back to school season has arrived, more free time can mean more time to catch up with friends.

Treat yourself

Take a nap. Go on a shopping spree. Get a massage. Sit outside and read a good book. Relax. You deserve it!

These hours are your personal time. You get to make the decision on how to spend them, so spend the time doing what you truly want to do. Being a parent doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little time for yourself every now and then.

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