All too often, the needs of your kids come first and you’ll find your ‘me time’ comes very low down the list. As your kids get a little older, it should be easier to leave them with your partner of babysitter and you can turn your mind to something you can do – for fun, for self-improvement or just because you fancy it!
We’ve put together a little list of things to do to help you make time for yourself.
Make Bread Like A Pro
Learn how to make the best bread or a perfect pizza at the E5 Bakehouse, an über cool East London artisan bakery and café. Passionate about sourdough, they use organic, locally-sourced ingredients in their daily-baked breads, lunches, cakes and coffee. The head bakers share their knowledge and expertise in a one-day bread making class, suitable for all levels. You can create four breads using a variety of techniques, or make your very own pizza over the course of an evening. You’ll find out how to make a traditional pizza base, learn techniques for opening out the dough and use recipes and instructions to create a traditional tomato sauce – just add your favourite toppings!
Bread: Thursdays, Saturdays or Sunday, £120
Pizza: Tuesdays, 6-9pm, £60
Know your Burgundy from your Bordeaux? Pinot Blanc from Pinot Grigio? If you feel out of your depth when choosing wine, why not learn a little more about what to serve at dinner parties? Berry Brothers and Rudd hold one day and evening tasting courses, which are sociable as well as educational. Find out how to taste, describe and enjoy wine in any situation. Look out for their new daytime courses, to learn about specific wine regions in a small intimate group in the Pickering Cellar in St James’s Street London, led by Berry’s staff who are passionate about teaching and empowering you with your newfound knowledge and experience.
Berry Brothers and Rudd, weekdays and Saturdays, from £125
Mind Your Language
Going on holiday and a little unsure how to make yourself understood? School French or Italian may not be the best foundation for chatting or asking for the nearest pharmacist when you’re away. So why not take up a language and learn it properly? The locals really appreciate it if you try to speak their language, particularly if it’s a less common one. Studies have also shown that learning a language also keeps your brain active and helps with memory, too. The ‘Get started for your holidays’ courses start in May. Over six sessions, these short intensive courses are the ideal language survival kit for your next holiday. You can choose from French, Spanish or lots of other languages, too.
The City Literary Institute, various dates throughout 2014, from £128
Perhaps you used to sing, maybe you’ve always wanted to give it a go – now’s the time! Pineapple Performing Arts School offers a 12-week course for adults designed to nurture your talent as an individual performer. You’ll be given solid technical training in posture, breathing, projection, harmony and ensemble work, aiming towards a performance at the end of your course in one of their musical productions or in a singers’ showcase at a professional cabaret or theatre venue. You will leave the course with a greater knowledge of vocal training and experience what it takes to train as a vocalist and perform a song to a live audience.
Pineapple Performing Arts School, 12-week course, Sundays 2-5pm, £375