For those of you with small kids and live in a town where it snows or rains for months at a time, I feel ya, it’s tough. Being confined to my house in the winter of ’17 and ’19 led to some very dark days and I plan on having some hard plans that I can look forward to in order to keep my sanity this winter.
1. Stock Your House With Activities That Take Time
Over the holidays, I took full advantage of all of the Cyber Monday and Black Friday deals to ensure my house was fully stocked for those snowy winter days we couldn’t get out. Winter hasn’t been so bad – yet! – but I have my craft & activities ready when I need them. Some of my favorites have been plenty of play-doh, this fort builder, spirograph, color chemistry set from Stem, dominoes, this play mat, hot wheel track, and of course Magnatiles a-plenty
2. Make an Activity Calendar that Gets You Out
Last winter when my son didn’t have school for weeks, my anxiety kicked in on what I was going to do with him and my baby to make sure we all didn’t die of boredom. I researched every kid’s activity in a 25-mile radius and made a calendar of all the activities we could do Monday through Friday. It ended up being one of the best weeks with such quality time. We went to the most out-of-box places like a small petting zoo, attended a new gymboree class, went to an arcade, trampoline park, and all the reading hours put on by local book stores. It was awesome!
3. Plan for a Babysitter and Attend a Weekly Class
This one is important for Mama. I know number 2 makes me sound like super Mom, but don’t you worry, there were plenty of meltdowns and tears along the way. Something I have come to accept is I can love being a Mom and still dread moments. I have found that teaching my weekly Pilates class has been crucial for my sanity. Every Saturday for a few hours, I get out of the house and teach Pilates for one blissful kid-free, adult-filled morning. Find a class that piques your interest; whether it be a Pilates class (come to mine if you’re local!), a knitting group, or coffee date… make it happen.
4. Plan a Day or Weekend Trip Away
This idea came from something my husband and I did with our son almost 3 years ago and still sticks out in my mind as one of the most fun weekends ever. The winter of ’17 was brutal. Beyond brutal. I seriously thought the snow wouldn’t melt by August and I needed to get OUT. On a random day off, my husband and I decided to drive an hour down the mountain and take my son to the zoo. In one of my more spontaneous moments, we stopped at Target along the way and bought pajamas, toothbrushes and a bedtime book and decided to stay the night in a local hotel. We ended up having the most memorable night away from the tundra!
5. Plan a Cozy Night In
This is where you need to embrace the weather and as I like to quote “bloom where you’re planted”. Your kids will love popping popcorn, making hot chocolate, and picking a movie for everyone to enjoy. And if TV ain’t your thing, get up to date on some board games for the entire family to enjoy. Some of our favorites are Battleship, Jenga, Hi-Ho Cherrio, Hungry, Hungry Hippos, and Richard Scarry’s Busytown.
What are some ways you hold your marbles through the winter months?