Parenting in Winter

I’m pretty sure I’m a better parent in the summer than the winter. Or at least better at being the kind of parent I’d like to be, at any rate. In the warm months of spring and summer, we take walks around the neighborhood, we go swimming, the kids get dirty and muddy and plenty of fresh air.

But I live in Iowa and the winter is cold and long and I’m not nearly as game for getting the kids bundled up and ready for playing in the snow as a less lazy mother might be. So we stay inside and I’ve become awfully liberal with the screen time rules (the boy heartily recommends Minion Rush) and I feel a little guilty about it, but not quite guilty enough to get out from under the cozy covers on couch to, you know, do something about it.

They do seem to make their own fun though:

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2 thoughts on “Parenting in Winter

  1. Melissa says:

    Agreed, I’m a much better parent in the warmer months. It’s just so cold (also in Iowa) and i run out of things to suggest for them to do. They’re 11 and 6 now, but they still get bored..this year was the longest Christmas break ever!

  2. Jaime says:

    Hey Sis – Some of the best parenting advice I ever heard was the difference between boredom and creativity is about 20 minutes. But it’s a long 20 minutes, tough to give into the begging for TV, video games or other distractions. Used to throw my boys into their room to figure it out. About 20 minutes later the beginnings of a giant Lego project or coloring project were in the works. When I used to sell printing I would bring home the end rolls that the pressmen couldn’t use. So they would have a 20-30 foot long sheet of paper to work with. Saw some interesting drawings when kids are not confined to small sheets of paper.

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