It's usually during the month of February when you start to feel those mid-winter blues; the kids start to go a little stir-crazy and you feel a case of cabin fever coming on fast. Well, I'm here to help you avoid the mid-winter blues and to embrace the remainder of winter - with your whole family.
- TAKE A VACATION: Now don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about an expensive last-minute trip to Mexico (unless you want to go!). A simple road trip to a slightly warmer location and a stay in a hotel with a pool is all you likely need to feel rejuvenated enough to make it through the last month of winter. I suggest taking a weekend - or a long weekend if possible - and making a break for blue skies and sunshine. Your kids will enjoy frolicking in the pool and drinking smoothies while you relax under the sun.
- HEAD TO AN INDOOR AQUATIC CENTER: My kids and I have a blast at the local indoor aquatic center. It's always warm inside the center, and swimming reminds us of the upcoming spring and summer. Find an aquatic center that is child-friendly and includes features like: a shallow pool, a lazy river, water slides and more. Your kids will appreciate that the outing is kid-friendly and you're guaranteed to smile and have fun splashing around by their sides as well.
- TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WINTER ACTIVITIES: Remind yourself that winter is nearing an end and take advantage of winter activities offered within your area. In most places, you can only sled, ski and ice skate for a few months of every year, so take advantage of the winter you're having and get out there and play. There are lots of kid-friendly winter activities that adults enjoy, too.
- INDOOR ACTIVITIES ARE FUN: Yes, you've been indoors for far too long now (or so it would seem), but you're likely stuck in a routine and have been enjoying lots of the same activities. Now is the time to branch out and try a new activity, like: building an indoor fort, getting a craft kit and making something special, trying a science experiment at home, etc. Get creative and do something new indoors.
Have fun and happy parenting!
Robert Nickell, aka Daddy Nickell, father of seven, offers his five cents-worth of advice to expectant and new parents. Daddy Nickell is the founder of Daddy & Company, www.daddyncompany.com, delivery room duds and daddy gear for dads, and the Daddyscrubs.com blog where he covers topics about parenting and the latest baby and kids gear, all from a dad's perspective.
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