It is not always easy to get outdoors and sometimes staying inside can seem a lot easier. Sometimes staying indoors may even BE easier. This past week it was incredibly difficult for me to get the girls out of the house. The weather was cold and by cold I mean -30 with the wind chill. Anytime we would be outside my 1 year old would end up in tears and a tantrum. We were struggling to get outside. It was extremely discouraging.
I started to feel like I was no longer an outdoor mama.
I felt defeated. The outdoors makes me feel alive and it was now driving me absolutely crazy. It’s not that I have never played outside in this cold of weather but I have never had to with children since we were living in Vancouver up until this year.
I had to take a reality check and re-evaluate our family goals. I changed my goals for the week from “let’s adventure outside everyday” to “lets survive”. Instead of fighting the need to get outdoors I decided that we would spend more time inside. We baked, played, danced and crafted. Slowly as the week progressed we got used to the weather and started venturing outside for 10 minutes at a time. Although my 1 year old cried for the last 5 minutes of those 10 minutes outdoors, I loved seeing my 3 year make snow angles and we had a blast building pretend fires.
The weather is apparently going to warm up next week but the cold is going to return again. Next time it comes I have come up with 7 points to help me. And Hey! They might just help you too!
Tips to help when struggling to get outside
- Getting outdoors for 10 minutes is better than not getting out at all
- Hot chocolate makes a lot of things better
- Craft, bake and dance
- More Netflix in a week won’t kill your kids
- You can’t control your kids
- Take a mom break. Get SOMEONE to watch your kids
Above all else… SURVIVE!