Wondering what to do with the kiddos all. winter. long??? Read on for some great ideas from 3 amazing GrowMamas!
“Storytelling is a favorite at our home, especially during the winter months. We all sit next to the fireplace or in “Mama’s bed” to talk about stories when Mama and Baba were little. Those are the times I wish I kept a journal…the kids are always so interested in the small memories (every detail, mind you) of Mama as a little girl. So, we take turns, first my husband and I sharing our funny stories as they watch with sparkled-eyed wonder. Then, it’s their turn to share memories of their current childhood, as they would if they were talking to their own kids in the future. They always get a kick out of thinking that one day, they will have an audience. “And then my daughter will say…and I will tell her how I….” The most amusing part of the memory storytelling is how my husband and I notice how certain themes seem to repeat itself in the experiences of our own children. We can almost “see” how the personality traits that our children have taken from us display themselves in their interesting predicaments. Sharing each other’s memory stories brings us together as a family and makes us cherish our current memories even more. ”
S sums it up:
“Short winter days mean more time inside together playing games, baking, doing crafts, watching movies, reading stories, and cuddling under mama and baba’s blankets!”
And MM shares:
“Okay…it’s cold but not life threatening. Dress warm and get outside! Over the years I have found my kids benefit tremendously from daily exercise and fresh air. This means mom and dad also need to invest in some snow clothes. I found a pair of women’s/size 16 boys snow pants at TJ Maxx for $12. It seems the warmer the parents are, the longer the kids will stay and play Snow toys like sleds, sand box toys, snow ball makers and even playing football are so much fun. Enjoy the season, don’t hibernate. This year, I think I might invest in a pair of snow shoes.