Winter can be seen as a depressing time of the year. The clocks go back and the nights draw in. With little ones, it can make it harder to entertain them as it is sometimes too cold to go outside, but they get bored inside. You cannot win.
Last year, little man was 3 months old so i wasn’t really going out much anyway. One year on and he is a little hurricane who just cannot be cooped up inside all day.
Gone are the days where i could just put on a hat and coat and go out in to town, nipping into shops and doing my Christmas shopping. I don’t want to drag him in and out of shops, in 5 layers getting hot and then cold, or taking the layers off and putting them all back on again. What a faff.
So i have come up with a plan to embrace the winter with my little man….
I will make an effort to wrap us both up warm and go on walks in the woods and the surrounding parks. The fresh air does us all good, and certainly tires him out.
If the weather prevents this, my next port of call is coffee or an early tea out. Our weekend routine prevents us from having lunch out. He has a lovely lunchtime nap, so a coffee and a muffin in the local coffee shop or an early dinner are the only options for us at the moment.
My third plan is to bake cakes, snuggle and watch films or do some painting. Films may be easy for parents with children slightly older than mine. My 15 month old doesn’t usually sit down for longer than 5 minutes. Although he was fascinated by Happy Feet last week and sat with daddy for an hour. Happy Feet on Sunday afternoon it is.
Lastly, I try to make plans with family and friends. This only works to a certain extent if your family are local. Enjoy brunch, or do afternoon tea and then they can help entertain the little ones taking pressure off.
As we live at least 180 miles from both sets of parents, booking weekends is how we make our plans. We have 3 weekends back to back now with family coming up.
This weekend is most definitely being spent chilling out just the three of us before a very busy lead up to Christmas.
What are your top tips for embracing winter with your little ones?
Busy Working Mummy XOXO