Making the Most Winter with Children

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Today I came across the #CountonChill video from Chill Insurance.  It got me thinking about how different our lives have been this last Winter, since we had children.  When Hubs and I were child free Winter or no Winter, we would be out!  Now that we are parents, when the chill kicks in we much prefer to stay indoors to soak up the warmth.

Staying in can be fun but it can also bring with it a little cabin fever, the same four walls can become isolating.  So throughout the cold season, I developed a few little life hacks to make the time pass with the least amount of tears and tantrums possible!  Here are my top tips to get through the colder months unscathed:

Have movie days…

Kids love movies and let’s face it, we’ve all got a Disney collection stashed away somewhere.  Get it out and educate them on all things Disney, you never know you might even enjoy it!  This year my two have become firm fans of Peter Pan and Snow White, my all time childhood favourites.

Feed their imaginations with fairy tales…

I’ve always loved reading and I really hope that my two girls develop a passion for it too.  Snuggling up to read, when it’s blowing a gale outside is the perfect Winter activity.  Children have wonderful imaginations and there’s nothing better than seeing their eyes light up at the delights of a fairy tale.  I really am so excited for the day I get to read Harry Potter to them!

Get your little Chefs in the kitchen…

One of the best things about the colder months is home cooked, Winter warming food.  I’m a big fan of our slow cooker and often have our meals simmering away throughout the day.  Meals need prepping though and there’s no reason why our little monkeys can’t muck in once in a while.  My two love helping me out in the kitchen, it makes preparing meals less like work and more like fun when everyone gets involved.

Hot chocolate, marshmallows and fluffy socks…

I don’t find dark nights much fun at all, they make the evening seem so long.  I do like to treat my girls once in a while though, so on especially long and boring Winter nights I fetch out the big guns!  Drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows on top, whilst rocking our fluffiest socks is a sure-fire way to put a smile on our faces!

With these tricks up my sleeve, Winter has been more enjoyable than a combination of wind, rain and snow would let you believe.  I’m so glad that Summer is on its way though!

 
*This is a collaborative post.

 

 

45 Comments

  • Mom Of Two Little Girls April 1, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Winter will be here for us very soon. I definitely hibernate when it does so will remember these tips when the cabin fever strikes!
    #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:21 am

      Oh bless you, we are just coming out of it! X

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  • Muffin top mummy April 1, 2017 at 6:57 am

    That little apron is adorable!! These are some of the reasons why, although summer is amazing, winter is always great for the more snuggly side of life. I love it #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:20 am

      Haha, cute isn’t it! Winter is definitely perfect for snuggles! X

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  • Mainy - myrealfairy April 1, 2017 at 7:09 am

    I love winter evenings with our fire burning. I’ve got the boys into foraging for kindling so we make it a family affair.
    Mainy
    #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Oh wow what a great activity to do together! X

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  • anywaytostayathome April 1, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Ooo me and L love a good hot chocolate, preferably combined with a movie and something we’ve baked is even better 🙂 #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Oh yummy, I love baking! X

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  • softfuzzygunddog April 1, 2017 at 7:43 am

    As a Canadian I can totally relate! Before children Hubby and I went out all the time. After? Not so much. We tried, but it’s so much work to get them geared up and then I’m worried about them the entire time. Not to mention if a diaper needs to be changed … not fun for anyone.
    #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:18 am

      It’s such hard work isn’t it! X

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  • Daydreamer mum April 1, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Snuggling in and reading together on a rainy day is the best!!! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:17 am

      Perfect! X

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  • tinmccarthy April 1, 2017 at 11:51 am

    No matter the season you gotta change it up and throw a new experience in there every now and then- pj day, braskfast for dinner and a movie day!

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:17 am

      Definitely! Xx

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  • Rachel April 1, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I used to love winter – getting cosy on the sofa or in bed with a good book, cup of tea, and plate of toast. I wouldn’t move for hours. My son is a 1.5 year old toddler, who hates to sit still now that he can walk. This winter has been stressful and draining! Hopefully next winter he will be happy to sit down and watch a film with us to pass the time, or be interested in cooking!

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    • Rachel April 1, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:17 am

      I totally get you, my eldest can’t sit still either! X

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  • Aleena Brown April 1, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I used to love the winter (and still kind of do) for all its romanticism – warm snuggly clothes, candles and real fires. These days it’s more snotty noses, pram coats and definitely no fire! I still love the idea of winter, but I must admit I’m really embracing the few sunny days we have had this week, just so that we could get out of the house properly! #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:16 am

      Here here, I’ve lost count of how many snotty nosed we’ve had! X

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  • Jakijellz April 1, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    You had me had hot chocolate, marshmallows and fluffy socks!! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:16 am

      Haha, I want one now! X

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  • Digital Motherhood April 1, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    We definitely have a Disney movie stash – love curling up on the sofa under a duvet with a Disney filmd on tv on a cold day! #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:16 am

      Haha we all have at least one, it’s so cosy! X

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  • Stephanie April 2, 2017 at 2:21 am

    Love it. I definitely get cabin fever, and these are some good options once he gets a little older. I already plan on getting him in the kitchen as soon as possible. #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:15 am

      It’s great fun to get them involved! X

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  • Lisa | Pass the Prosecco... Please April 2, 2017 at 6:57 am

    We too love movie days xx #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:15 am

      Ah they are lovely xx

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  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... April 2, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Nicely sums up our winter too! I actually enjoy wrapping up and staying in more than being outside. Our house has a fire so it’s lovely and cosy all winter #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:14 am

      Oh that sounds lovely! x

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  • fortheloveofjars April 2, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I’m a big fan of movies, hot chocolate, marshmallows and fluffy socks on a cold wintery day! Although having the kids helping me in the kitchen often turns out into a disaster!! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:14 am

      Haha I have to agree, kids in the kitchen can get very messy! X

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  • Sara Bussandri April 2, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    You know, we have come to love movie days so much that today, which is a beautiful day in London and my children just want to run around in the garden, I’m missing movie day! I actually want my popcorn, and I want to sit down and enjoy a movie with them!!! But I think I’m going to have to wait for rainy days for that… #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Oh I love popcorn!! X

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  • Anna April 2, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    As much as I LOVE summer, you can’t beat snuggling under a blanket with hot chocolate and the littles <3 #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Very true! X

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  • Jo April 2, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    We try to get out every day come rain or shine, but I confess that we definitely watch more films and drink more hot chocolate in the colder months 😉 #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:13 am

      I don’t blame you! X

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  • ABlondeAndABaby April 2, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    We love snugging up to watch a film too, and I also can’t wait to read Harry Potter to my daughter! #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 3, 2017 at 7:12 am

      Ah I love Harry Potter! X

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  • Peachy April 4, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I’m really more of a warm weather person but there are some child frienly witner activities. This winter we took Peachy for a ride on her sled. It was awesome. Still eager for the warmer days to arrive. #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 6, 2017 at 11:45 am

      I’m the same, always glad for warmer, longer days! x

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  • Mrs Mummy Harris April 5, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I love movie days, there is nothing like a day in on the sofa eating junk! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 6, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Perfect day! x

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  • Autumn's Mummy April 6, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    These are all such lovely things to do and things that I loved doing in the winter when I was little! I’m looking forward to getting out the Disney movies and making hot chocolates with squirty cream and marshmallows for Autumn when she’s bigger! #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 10, 2017 at 7:00 am

      Disney is the best! X

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