A hobby is a good way to relieve stress and engage your mind in a creative activity as you care for your dad. When you find a hobby that both you and your dad love, it's also a great way to connect and spend time together. What are some of the best hobbies for inspiring both of your artistic natures?
Flower gardens fill your dad's yard with vibrant colors. You can create edible gardens at the same time. He enjoys the beautiful colors and has food for the table at the same time. In cold climates, you and your dad should start the seedlings for summer gardens in the winter months.
If he's into an edible garden, flowers like lavender and nasturtiums are edible. Mix those with scarlet runner beans that produce an edible bean. Some chili peppers, such as tabasco peppers, burst upright from the bushy plants in a mix of colors.
You don't have to have a lot of skill to turn out impressive paintings. Abstract paintings are just as beautiful as an impressionist painting. Get a starter kit that includes some acrylic or oil paints, brushes, a palette, and a few canvases for you and your dad to share.
Go online and find free instructional videos. Bob Ross videos are a good start. Set up your supplies, put on a video, and follow along. Your first paintings together may not be perfect, but all that matters is that you have fun.
Try baking together. Some baked goods can be very artistic when it comes to shaping and decorating. Whether you're teaming up to make cupcakes, bread, or pastries, split the jobs evenly and create tasty treats together. You don't need a lot of supplies to get started.
You could make pastries like cream puffs and eclairs with little more than a baking sheet, saucepan, wooden spoon, and freezer bag for shaping the puffs or eclairs. Be inventive with flavors. You could make maple walnut cream puffs one day and chocolate cinnamon eclairs the next.
Make Sure You're Having Fun
If your dad isn't into hobbies, do you still find time to embrace the hobby you enjoy? If you're pushing off the things you enjoy because he doesn't want to participate, it's time to get back to the things you love. Take a few hours each week to work on your preferred hobby or try a new one.
How do you find the time when you're the only family caregiver? Talk to a senior care expert about making arrangements for respite care. While you take a few hours off, your dad isn't alone. He has a trained caregiver stopping by to provide the care he needs. Call a senior care agency to get started.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE IS CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN ZEBULON, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT SENIORS HELPING SENIORS TODAY. CALL (919) 761-5346.