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The Dos And Don’ts Of Surviving Winter With Kids
Winter 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 doâ€™s and donâ€™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. DONâ€™T forget extra gloves, scarves, hats, and socks. These items will inevitably fall off, get soaked, or be â€œtoo scratchy.â€
2. DO continue wearing maternity clothes rather than squishing into jeans that make you feel lightheaded. If youâ€™re lucky your Grandmother even bought you more for Christmas (even though youâ€™re nearly seven months postpartum) because youâ€™re â€œwearing things a bit larger these days, yes?â€ Â DONâ€™T feel bad about putting on a little â€œholiday cheer,â€ or keeping your â€œbaby weightâ€ especially if you have kids that keep you up all night and you never have time to exercise. Itâ€™s cold and at least youâ€™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 thatâ€™s open. DONâ€™T (or try not to) drink it before 9 AM.
4. DO exercise at any given opportunity. Not to â€œget your body backâ€ but to keep you from losing your shit twenty-billion times a day. DONâ€™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. Youâ€™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. DONâ€™T spend the entire time worrying about them while theyâ€™re there.
6. DO let your kids â€œentertain themselvesâ€ whenever possible. DONâ€™T let them entertain themselves with permanent markers, power tools or anything that canâ€™t be vacuumed or bleached.
7. DO try to embrace your lifeâ€™s choices. DONâ€™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. DONâ€™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. Itâ€™s really just throwing ingredients into a cylinder and clicking it on. But DONâ€™T take Papa Johns off your speed dial, either.
10. DO turn on Angelina Ballerina whenever you are sure youâ€™re going to run far, far away. DONâ€™T feel bad about screen time. Feel good about not running far, far away.