“It’s supposed to be spring time!” “Why is it snowing again?” “Mommy, why can’t I go outside and play?” Winter has dragged on for what feels like an eternity, and the kids are more than ready to get outside and play. Unfortunately, according to the forecast, you have more grey, dreary days ahead. The kids know that it’s not your fault (if you could control the weather, it would be seventy-five, sunny, and beautiful), but they’re also driving you up a wall with the constant complaining! You’ve got to do something with them—and unfortunately, you’re running out of creative ideas. Since you’ve already used most of your ideas more than once over the course of the winter, they’re familiar with all of them—and they aren’t cutting it anymore, either. What’s a mom to do?
Plan a field trip.
Any field trip—though preferably somewhere indoors. If you’re lucky, you might be able to find an indoor swimming pool where you can play for a few hours. If you’re less lucky (or have enough small children that you would feel severely outnumbered in that kind of environment), you can check out an aquarium, a museum, or even a movie—anything to get them out of the house for a few hours!
Get outside anyway.
No one ever said that you have to wear shorts and t-shirts to the park! Bundle up and go in spite of the chill. As long as the sun’s shining and it’s not pouring rain, you might as well run off some of their energy while you can! And if it’s raining, well…it could be a good day to play in the puddles, right?
There are some foods that just taste best in cooler weather—so why not enjoy them while you can? Go hang out with your kids in the kitchen and bake up a good time. Just remember: sugar-hyped kids inside could quickly become a problem.
Do you wanna build a snowman?
Plan a movie night (or afternoon), complete with popcorn, snacks, and the feature of your choice. Feel like you’ve already watched at least one of their favorites a dozen times this week? Assuming that’s not a literal number, you can always kick back with a book while they’re watching…or gently suggest a different movie.
Start making plans for spring.
This might be counterproductive after a while—it will start to make them more stir crazy and more insane—but discussing what they would like to do will alleviate some of the tension for at least a little while. And hey, if nothing else, you can always get some good ideas from them, right?