The change in the seasons and weather is always a bit tougher on me, as a Mum, when the winter blues can start to set in. I find it harder when the sun doesn’t burst through the curtains in the morning, calling me out to play each day. I am no longer getting up every morning with a spring in my step, or whistling away in the shower. The dark mornings make it so hard to get out of bed!
I am a stay-at-home-Mum to my 3-year-old twins and I work part time from home – I therefore rely on looking after them and entertaining them when we are together by mostly being outdoors. I have really enjoyed being outside for most of this summer and we got up to so many lovely adventures. However, now, the rain hasn’t stopped, it’s getting colder and it’s becoming more difficult to get out an about. I always find it a little harder being a parent at this time of year.
I do go to the library, to soft play and we do stay at home and bake and do crafts. But I often crave the fresh air. It does us all good.
So here is how I am planning to get through these winter months with my twins – my top 5 tips for beating those pesky winter blues:
1 – INDOOR PLAY
If it is bad weather and we can’t get out I’ve got Playdoh, paints, games, crayons and making things, all prepared. The children seem to have quite a short attention span and therefore cannot craft for long, and so mixing up the activities helps. It does make for a more enjoyable morning or afternoon if the twins and I do something all together. Plus it is great for their development and we get to make cool stuff too!
2 – COFFEE DATES
I schedule more ‘play-date’ time at friends houses and inviting them here at home too. Not only does this get the twins and I up, dressed and out in the morning, it also means that they get to play with some different toys and socialise with other children. Plus the company lifts my mood too. I always feel better if I see other Mums. And if it is my turn to host, it gives me a reason to clean up and vacuum the house and put a bit of lipstick on!
3 – MUDDY PUDDLES
I am a bit of a clean freak *you may have picked this up if you read my blog a bit!*. However, seeing the twins splash in puddles is SO brilliant. I genuinely do not care if they get water over their wellingtons, or if they fall in…after all it’s what being a child and having fun is all about. Whenever there is a break in the weather I get them out for 20 mins or so, just to a local park or woods, and let them run about and be a bit wild. Who cares if you need to do a pile of washing afterwards?
4 – HELPING
It takes me FOREVER to do any housework or chores at home when the children are there, simple things like unloading the dishwasher, or putting clothes in the tumble dryer – for there is always a little person (usually Lottie) who wants to assist! But it is allowing them to learn and get praised for helping Mummy. Plus I get a bit of help with the housework too!
5 – INDOOR GROUPS
I haven’t joined any playgroups / music classes since we moved to Worcester 4 months ago as they have been settling in at preschool a few days a week. However, I am going to look to see if there is anything suitable for us this winter. I need something once a week to do with them and to get us out together. I do go to soft play once a fortnight and this does help to get us out and have fun down the slides! Especially if it is pouring down outside!
So, whilst Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year, I love it so much, winter however can be hard going as a parent when you have a young family. I am determined though that I will not let the winter blues get to me and keep referring to this list whenever I need to!