This winter has been brutal across the US. In Minnesota, it’s been downright oppressive! The best part? We have a solid two or three months left of winter. Oy! We’ve got to get through this winter without going batty, but how? Here are some ideas to keep the mind and body fresh, allowing for school work to chug along and avoid a winter drag.
During the summer, it’s easy to just run to the park or library when the kids get a little bored and stir crazy. When it takes 20 minutes just to get everyone bundled up, it takes a lot more motivation to get going. I’ve found if we don’t have a routine, Little Miss asks to watch TV all day. It drives me nuts, she gets frustrated, and the day unravels. It’s not as easy to deflect the situation by just saying, “Let’s go to the park!” when she starts to break down. Getting her bundled up and ready to go to said fun thing while she’s losing it? Yeah right. Kids have to know what to expect (some more than others), and what is expected of them. At least if we have a plan of breakfast, then teeth brushing, then activities, then TV, it’s not as big of a fight.
Am I the only one that needs someone else to set the schedule to get a fire under my bum sometimes? Oh, the plans I have for 9am before 9am comes… and then the task of getting snacks, clothes, diapers, and bundling up kids? 9am comes and goes if I’m not expected anywhere. So, instead I sign up for one or two things we go to each week. It is fun for Little Miss, and it gets us all out of the house. Plus, if I take the littles out, Care Bear can work on school a lot easier with a quiet house!
I’ve heard Minnesota has more options for indoor play than most states, but I’m sure there are many options no matter where you are! Museums, malls, and indoor parks abound where we are. We even have an indoor park that is much like an outdoor playground rather than a McDonald’s PlayPlace! Check with other moms in your area for what’s available. Even our city community centers have a tot gym time where they setup a gym with balls, hula hoops, scooters, and little cars. Fun!
We have to find ways to be outside sometimes! Now, with a child under 1 year old, it’s very hard for me to take part in this, so for this year at least, this is do as I say not as I do. New to the north and not sure what options are out there? Try snow shoeing, skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating, hockey, or sledding. Not a big sports fan? Sign the kids up and get them out of the house and active! Introducing your kids to various activities is a great way to foster a healthy lifestyle. They may even find something they find interesting and want to explore further!
Find a place with a pool, and if you can, a fireplace and a whirlpool tub! Take the family out for one night (or more!), and enjoy a feeling of a vacation. You don’t have to go far. Even a one hour drive feels like you’ve gotten away from home, and you can spend some time relaxing, and enjoying the amenities of the hotel.
All of these are fun ways to recharge when the days are short, and we get outside far less due to the cold weather. It’s easy for school to start dragging during the winter, but we like to try to buckle down during the cold, winter months so the spring is ready for us to go out and enjoy it!
What do you do to get through the winter months?
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