Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pastime with Family vs Family Pastime

Welcome to the April 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Pastimes

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about family pastimes.

My husband is a total Movie Junkie. When we first got together, it was nothing to curl up on the couch and spend an entire weekend watching a series of movies. I'm an easy audience, so it was a nice way to spend our time together. Then we had kids. Sure, we can and do use subtitles, but... its really hard to pay attention to a movie with children under foot, as it were. We recently moved and now the main television is in our bedroom. That means its even harder for me to join him, but it also means the kids aren't noisy around the television when he is watching a movie. No more expecting anyone to stay quiet in the main family room!

It has been so cold so much of the time, but it is finally starting to warm up and I'm looking forward to returning to our new hobby! I wanted to take up geocaching for years and finally did last Summer! Now this is a hobby the family can get into together! It gets us outdoors, exploring new parks and areas. I like to think it challenges the way we see things and think about them - in order to find something that someone has hidden. We've even hidden one cache of our own in a sentimental place.

Do you have a hobby you prefer to keep to yourself?
How about one to share with others?

Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaVisit Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting!

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
  • 8 Reasons to Go Camping with Your Kids — The weather is warmer, and it is time to think about taking a break. As you plan your family vacation, Mandy of Living Peacefully with Children, guest posting at Natural Parents Network, explains why you should consider hitting the trails with your kids.
  • Crafty Cohorts — Kellie at Our Mindful Life enjoys crafting with her kids, and the skills they are learning.
  • 10 Hobbies For Families With Young Children — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama knows that finding hobbies families can do together (with young children in tow) isn't always the easiest of feats. She has compiled a list of 10 family friendly hobbies that children of all ages can enjoy and that won't break the bank!
  • Helping Himawari — Sophelia's family at Sophelia's Adventures in Japan share a passion for helping when a dog is abandoned at the nearby elementary school.
  • The 'Art' of Having FunMarija Smits shares some thoughts on family art and fun.
  • How we made our own Family Day — Lauren at Hobo Mama shares how her family celebrates the best day of the week, a chance for connection and adventure and endless possibilities: Family Day!
  • Our Family Hobby — Survivor talks about how animal husbandry has become her family's favorite hobby at Surviving Mexico Adventures and Disasters.
  • Sowing the Seeds of Passions — Christy at Eco Journey In The Burbs wonders if her interests, and her husband's, will shape her children's passions as they mature.
  • Harry Potter Potions Party — One of the best activities Dionna at Code Name: Mama has ever done with her family has been a Harry Potter Potions Party. She is sharing the resources she used to create their potion recipes, the ingredients and tools they experimented with, and the recipes themselves. Feel free to use and adapt for your own budding wizards and witches!
  • Pastimes Have Passed Me By — Kati at The Best Things takes a new perspective on projects that never get done.
  • Food as a cultural experience for preschoolers — Nathalie at Kampuchea Crossings finds that food is a good way to engage her preschoolers on a journey of cultural discovery.
  • 10 Reasons I Love Thrifting With My ChildrenThat Mama Gretchen has always enjoyed shopping, but with a growing family she's become more frugal and thus, her little ones are now in tow on her thrift store adventures.
  • Pastime with Family vs Family Pastime — You can share lots of pastimes with your family, but Jorje of Momma Jorje discovered a family pastime was much more pleasant for sharing.


  1. It is hard to balance individual hobbies with family hobbies, especially when not everyone likes doing the same thing. Glad you found one that works for your family!

  2. I keep wanting to try geocaching, perhaps this spring is our time :) And we love our movies too, although these days our speed is more of the TV series variety, less time to get interrupted ;)

  3. We need to try geocaching — you're so inspiring! :) I agree that watching things together with kids doesn't work so well. We've been trying to watch Cosmos (the science series) with Mikko, and today one kid screamed through it (that would be Alrik) and one ignored it in favor of toys (which, fine — he couldn't hear anyway!).

    Mikko & Alrik keep wanting to join me in sewing projects. I try to involve them as I can, but there are definitely times I wish I had a lock on the door… ;) Music, too. I'm happy to bang on a drum and march around with them, but if I try to play my keyboard in their presence, they come over and fiddle with the buttons and play random notes. It seems like in this young-child season, it's often easiest just to find hobbies that work for *everybody*, like geocaching or, for us, bike rides and hikes and some easier video games.

  4. Geocaching is on my list of things to try this year! I love the idea of being outside, having fun together. Thanks for the reminder to get on it now that the weather is warming up!

  5. I'm thinking of starting some geocaching this summer - or whenever the weather turns nice. I share some hobbies with the kids, but age-wise others aren't quite an option. Now we shop and cook together. We do age appropriate crafts too. I can't wait for Jemma to be able to sew with me :) Perhaps in the the next year or two if she is interested!

  6. We used to love dinner and movie nights and marathons. But with toddlers those days are few and far between, although subtitled movies work great cuz the sound won't startle them out of sleep! We'll have to check out geocaching - it seems all the rage for expats and travelers, and our preschooler would probably learn a lot from it :-)


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