16 August 2018

Personal Development as a Busy Mom: How Can It Be Done?

When you have a baby your life changes forever- your number one priority is now them, instead of yourself. While this is of course the way it should be, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on yourself completely. Quite the opposite, continuing to learn and develop yourself now means that later down the line when you return to full time work, you’re in the best position possible. You can earn more money which can make life easier for your family. As a busy parent you won’t have all the time in the world to devote to personal development, but it’s worth doing what you can, when you can. As your child gets older, goes to school and becomes more independent you’ll have more opportunities to work on yourself. Here are a few ideas for developing your skills, earning money or making yourself more employable in future.

Study from home
The great thing about getting educated these days is that you can do it right from the comfort of your own home. These courses are completely accredited and hold as much weight as those given by a standard university. They allow you to study in a flexible way and part time, which is incredibly useful for parents who want to better themselves but aren’t able to go back into full time education. You could do a college course, a university course or even a masters. If you have a degree in a manufacturing, transport or logistics based course for example you could do something like an online masters in supply chain management which would allow you to specialize. Regardless of what level of education you’re currently at, studying from home will help you get to the next stage which will always result in better job opportunities. If you start when your child is under a year old, by the time they’re starting school you’ll be just about ready to graduate and can start applying for jobs.

Start an online businessYou could buy or sell items, you could sell services, you could tutor (either by having people come to your home or via video chat) or you could freelance. There are lots of options for earning money from home which are flexible and would suit a busy parent. You’re the boss so you call the shots, you get to choose your hours and can control your workflow. This allows you to continue developing your skills, and could even become your full time job later down the line. Even if you do return to your old job or a regular salary job, these things all look impressive on your CV and mean you don’t have gaps in employment- even while raising a child.

Invest time into hobbiesHobbies are important for people of all ages. They can help you to develop new skills in a fun way, and having something productive to do can be great for mental health. If you have an hour or so every now and again where your child is looked after by your partner or family members, you could use this time to do something you enjoy. It could be anything from cooking classes to gardening, a sport, writing- whatever grabs your interest. More than just about having fun, hobbies can help you to meet new people and expand your skill set, hobbies are always of interest to employers and so it’s another thing that could improve your job prospects later on.


  1. Studying from home is such a great thing. Gone are the day when you had to drive to a college to attend. I think it is one of the biggest things for the internet and for working people.

  2. I think it absolutely essential for mums (or indeed dads sometimes) stuck at home when the children are small to have intellectual stimulation, not only to increase employment opportunities after the children are old enough but much more so the children can be stimulated themselves.

  3. Good points. I wish I had done any of these. I did find a job I could do from home but after I was an empty nester.


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