Ugh, winter. As much as I loathe the heat and humidity of summer, there is nothing worse than the bitter cold that winter brings. And when you are stuck at home because of vicious cold and flu strains or frigid temperatures, you start to dream about those days when your legs stick to the seats in your car and eating popsicles by the pound…right? So what are we moms to do? Simply pop in a movie and watch the clock tick away? Not a chance. Here are some ways to slow down, fight the winter blues, and reconnect this winter that will make everyone feel refreshed and even strengthen your relationships.
Use Social Media to Actually BE SOCIAL
Instead of only using Facebook and Instagram to highlight all of the amazing fun I have with my family and friends, I also use these social media outlets as tools to finding friends in the area with similar interests and situations. We then set up play dates to get together and actually BE SOCIAL away from the computer screen. I have reconnected with so many friends from high school in a new and exciting way, as well as made many other “friends of friends” who play such important roles in my life as a mom.
When my boys and I don’t have anything scheduled for the day and are itching to get out of the house, there is one place we always ended up at: Great Nana’s house. I may be a little biased, but my grandmother was the COOLEST around and whenever we visited, the boys loved to play catch with her while she chatted about the latest in reality TV with me. Now that both of my beloved grandparents are gone, I realize how lucky we were to be able to spend time with them. So go and visit before it’s too late!
Opt for Music Instead of the Television
I have found that the times when we have the most fun as a family, there is music on in the background. It encourages us to dance, sing, and just be silly in a way that you can’t do with the TV on. No one can chant “Go Cubs Go” or “Bear Down, Chicago Bears” like our family!
Find Some Sunshine
While winter may be long and gray, there are some opportunities for sunshine. Head to an indoor waterpark to splash around, meet up with a friend for some tropical cocktails, or plan a winter vacation. The sunshine is out there–you might just have to work a bit harder to find it.
Use the Gadgets for Good
The past few years my sister, who is also my best friend, has spent a lot of time traveling with her husband. While they were in Australia for a few months, we took advantage of Skype and FaceTime to talk as often as possible, they even serenaded our little guy on his first birthday from a different continent. And the best part? Those programs are FREE!
“Family Member Choice Day”
People of all ages feel special when their “wants” are addressed. So to make every family member feel special, every family member gets one day per month to determine our three meals for the day and two special activities, one at home and one out and about. It is a great way to try new things and simply have fun. Need some ideas? Here are great activities in the city and suburbs!
Treat Yo’ Self
Whatever your guilty pleasure may be, indulge in it! As for me, there is nothing better than getting lost in a good book or spending the day at the spa. Some might love getting a good workout in while others love to explore museums for hours. Whatever makes your heart sing…do it.
“One on One” Dates
With two energetic little boys who are close in age, it is difficult to have special time with each boy separately with our hectic schedule and life getting in the way. So on Saturdays, we alternate partnering up with our little guys for their soccer lessons and then a special activity afterwards. Each of our little guys totally lights up getting undivided attention from either Mommy or Daddy. And don’t forget date nights for the parents, too!
Unplug and Recharge
Many families have “screen free” rules, and the one I like the most revolves around the dinner table. No screens are allowed, whether television, Kindle, or smart phone It is a time for us to recharge by sharing a nice meal and chatting with one another about anything and everything under the sun. And don’t stress about what you serve because all that matters is time together. Need some meal ideas for those nights when nothing is going right? These are my easy prep meal solutions.
Join Mommy/Parenting Groups
Meetup.com is a great way to meet people in your area with similar interests, and you can also search Facebook for groups with certain key words so that you can find friendly resources in your area. Tip: Don’t just be a keyboard warrior. Actually GO OUT and meet people face to face. Just be sure to meet in public before establishing a relationship, even if it is just a play date.
Hope this post helps you combat the winter blues with the awesome power of human relationships!
Looking for more winter fun? Check out my ideas on how to survive winter!