In case you didn’t get the memo, here in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s winter. Even in the Deep South of Atlanta, it’s COLD! I dare not suggest that the children go “out there” for at least a month or two. So, what am I going to do to keep them from driving me nuts?
- I’m taking them to the library! If your neighborhood library is anything like mine, they have a separate children’s section with reading chairs, computers, puzzles, games, and even an ant farm! My girls will be getting lost in their own little haven while I head to the other side of the library to curl up with a good magazine, how-to book, or perhaps even my needlework. If your children are old enough to not require constant supervision at the library, this is a great choice. Of course, the library only has appeal so often and for so long each week and I’m going to need a larger arsenal of distractions for our children.
So… I’m enclosing our front porch. I’ll be taking a large roll of clear plastic and using it to enclose our L shaped front porch. Once the wind is blocked off, and the plastic allows in the light but not the cold, I’ll be able to set up an arts and crafts table and reading section on our porch. This will expand our living space by about 100 feet, and keep us from killing one another in our small house.
- When they’re ready to be in the house, we’ll break out the Wii. This has to be the BEST purchase we’ve ever made. Our family spends a LOT of time playing Wii Fit and trying to best one another’s “best” scores on the Wii Sports games. They also get a lot of loud, rowdy, quality family time playing Rock Band 2 (a wonderful Christmas gift from my sister…. Thanks!!! I’ll repay you, if it’s the last thing I do. Love ya, mean it!).
- On days when we’re looking for something a little more laid back, we’ll play board games. We have 2 trunks full of trivia and other board games as well as a full poker set. On those days when you can’t take one more video game or watch any more tv, try challenging the brain with a little Trivial Pursuit or Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (a couple of our favorites).
- The millionth time I hear “Momma, I’m boreddddd” I’ll put the little minions to work baking cookies or cakes, or maybe get them to help make dinner. Kids love to learn new things and they are very proud of themselves when they feel they’re contributing to the family in a significant way. For my kids, cooking is a major fun thing and not the chore that some of us grownups feel it is (ok, I mean me).
WHAT ABOUT YOU? What are you going to do to keep the cold weather from giving you and your family cabin fever? I’d love some more suggestions!