It’s that time of year again when the weather is more than a little frightful. Suddenly your son comes to you with a new haircut that his older sister just gave him. You realize that you have to find something to do with your kids and fast and outdoor parks are out of the question. Here are some tips:
- Plan. You know when the kids will be out of school, so find events or activities ahead of time. Most public libraries plan special activities during vacation periods or weekends, so take advantage of these events, which are usually free. Also, have an updated roster of parents’ names, email addresses, and phone numbers. Create a group list of the parents’ email addresses and ask for camp or event suggestions. Also, you can email parents and ask which of them wants to meet at that place with the inflatable rides during its open-play hours. There’s nothing like a bouncy house to make a cold day go by.
- Exchange. The last thing you want is more kids to watch, right? Actually, this is a great solution to the winter blues. Your kids and their friends love it and you can arrange for the other mom to return the favor so you have a little free time. The kids, the other moms, and you are all happy! It’s a win, win, win!
- Give back. Charitable organizations can always use extra hands, no matter how small those hands are. Find an organization that means something to your family and ask what you can do to help. For example, bake goodies for a hospice center, or visit residents at a nursing home. You can also clean house and donate unused items. Give your kids a bag to fill with toys or clothes they don’t use anymore, explaining along the way its importance. You will be teaching a valuable lesson as well as helping others in need.
With a little planning, you can make those cold days memorable.