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Surviving the Last Days of Winter

Sunday, March 23, 2014 3:05 PM | Deleted user

I am Kristen Herlihy, and I live in Woburn.  I am a clinical social worker providing therapy to children & families, plus the owner & instructor for Baby Boot Camp ® Woburn/Winchester and mom to my 2 year old toddler, Connor.  I look forward to sharing my ideas with you about how to balance the many demands that we as parents have in our lives.  Whether we are stay-at-home parents or full time employees outside of home, we want to do the best by our children, and that means taking care of ourselves as well.

If you are feeling the way that I do, you are so ready for winter to take a one way ticket out of town.  From snowstorms to shoveling to yet another school cancellation, we are all about to break.  Since we all know that Mother Nature is in control of the weather zone without any input from parents of small children, what can we do to make it through until spring?  The nice weather is coming, but how can we survive until then?

Motivation is such a challenge at this time of year.  From one snowstorm to the next, we can all feel our energy being sapped away.  But with little children at home, we have to stay creative in order to make it into the warmer days of spring.  Do you have a few friends who are in the same boat as you?  Then create a short term play group, where each hosting parent can create an idea for each meeting.  Maybe one of your friends is the arts & crafts mom, so she’ll plan a way to recycle toilet paper rolls into the next great art project.  Perhaps one of your mommy friends has an appreciation for music, and can teach the children a new song.  Whatever the activity may be, go ahead and reach out to your friends for a creative outlet in these next few weeks.

If the weather outside is frightful, then dress those kiddos up and head outdoors!  If you’re like me, you want to get every dollar’s worth out of those snow boots, snow pants and thick winter coats.  Make that final snowman of the year or get ready for another snow angel, but enjoy the outdoors as much as possible.  Get active and pull those kiddos along in their sleds.  It’s a great way to get in some cardio while giving the little ones their fun too.  Remind yourself that during those dog days of summer, you will long for cooler temps.  (Yes, you will, it’s true!)

Lastly, ask around to find those little gems of indoor play spaces that we’ve all been hiding out at over the past few months.  Whether your child wants to run, jump or just play, network with your mom friends or join a POT play time.  There are plenty of moms out there who are looking for that connection in the dull weather, so now is the time to make early spring/summer friends.

Stay positive, keep motivated and remember that the weather will change…eventually!

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