Here in snowy upstate New York, we've had ENOUGH ALREADY!!!
Sometimes it seems as though the snow will never end. Unless of course you count the sleet, the slush and any variant of precipitation that falls from the sky during this time of year. Still, here we are in March, and spring has to be around the corner, right?
If your kids have spring fever like mine do, getting them to sit still for just a few minutes inside is a chore all its own. Today I'd like to help you put some of their energy to good use with a few helpful tips.
1. Spring Cleaning - OK, this might sound like it's more your thing than theirs, but who says cleaning has to be a parent's job only? Get your kids involved in spring cleaning and you'll accomplish several things. You'll help them get rid of some of that excess energy, you'll get some work done, and you can have fun doing it. Turn cleaning into a challenge or a race. Play some loud worship music while you clean. Anything goes, as long as there's ice cream afterwards.
2. Plan Some Spring Outings - Once the warm weather does come, how much time do you spend planning the activities you'd like to do together? If you're like most families, planning can take a bit of time. Why not make good use of your indoor time right now and start planning ahead? Sit down and talk with your kids about what they would like to do when the weather is warm. Whether they're eager to go to the community pool as much as possible, or they want to play volleyball in the backyard, make a list of everything. You can even post it on a big piece of poster board and then cross off each item as you do it. They'll love the anticipation!
3. Host a Wii Tournament - Do you have some friends with kids who are just as unsettled about the continuing snow as you are? Why not invite them over for a friendly Wii tournament? There are plenty of games out there that you and the kids will love playing. You can do a potluck dinner or just order a pizza. They'll get the stimulation they need and you'll get a dose of the adult conversation that you need.
What else can you think of for your kids to do until spring finally arrives? We'd love to hear it!
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