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The Dos And Don’ts Of Surviving Winter With Kids

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girl playing in showWinter brings a lot of awesomeness like hot chocolate with mini marshmallows, beautiful snowy days and cozy fireplaces (or space heaters with fake flames from Home Depot, what what!). But it can also mean canceled school and freezing cold kids who are crying because they lost just one glove for the eighteen-thousandth time. For most of us less-than-perfect parents of the world, it might also mean a little more TV and a lot more wine before 5 pm. Surviving the winter months with kids can be tough! Here are a few do’s and don’ts to help get you through until good old March 21st rolls around:

1. DO get out of the house at least once a day. DON’T forget extra gloves, scarves, hats, and socks. These items will inevitably fall off, get soaked, or be “too scratchy.”

2. DO continue wearing maternity clothes rather than squishing into jeans that make you feel lightheaded. If you’re lucky your Grandmother even bought you more for Christmas (even though you’re nearly seven months postpartum) because you’re “wearing things a bit larger these days, yes?”  DON’T feel bad about putting on a little “holiday cheer,” or keeping your “baby weight” especially if you have kids that keep you up all night and you never have time to exercise. It’s cold and at least you’re well-insulated.

3. DO stock up on booze before a snow-mergency trip to the liquor store sends you across town in a blizzard trying to find somewhere that’s open. DON’T (or try not to) drink it before 9 AM.

4. DO exercise at any given opportunity. Not to “get your body back” but to keep you from losing your shit twenty-billion times a day. DON’T take your toddler to Mommy and Me yoga and expect to actually do yoga. You will get a workout but it will be from chasing your wee one across the room for 45 minutes straight. You’ll be lucky if you get a chance to do one chaduranga and you will leave way too stressed for your own good.

5. DO find friends in the neighborhood and get them to invite your kids over for the entire afternoon. DON’T spend the entire time worrying about them while they’re there.

6. DO let your kids “entertain themselves” whenever possible. DON’T let them entertain themselves with permanent markers, power tools or anything that can’t be vacuumed or bleached.

7. DO try to embrace your life’s choices. DON’T look at the photos from your child-free friends most recent bar crawl, tailgate or spur of the moment, all-inclusive 10 day trip to Barbados.

8. DO find a playgroup that meets weekly and does not require you bring anything besides your kids, your ginormous diaper bag and all the other crap that leaving the house requires these days. DON’T commit to it too heavily or show up tipsy, at least until you get a feel for the general vibe.

9. DO make use of your crock pot. It’s really just throwing ingredients into a cylinder and clicking it on. But DON’T take Papa Johns off your speed dial, either.

10. DO turn on Angelina Ballerina whenever you are sure you’re going to run far, far away. DON’T feel bad about screen time. Feel good about not running far, far away.

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