The weatherman’s report in this morning’s paper read bone-chilling cold. I can’t even bring myself to look at the thermometer, but suffice it to say – it’s way below zero. Tomorrow’s slated to be even colder.
This year I’m making a concerted effort to complain less about the winter. Those close to me know that I am a wimp when it comes to cold, and my least-favorite season (which also happens to be the longest season in this neck of the woods?) can easily find me pining for warm beaches and humidity. But this winter I’m trying to embrace where I live, to find the beauty in the frigid climes, to see the snow as a passing – even pretty – phenomenon.
And yet, right about now is when I start to go stir crazy every year.
We’re stuck inside, no hope of a walk through the neighborhood or a romp through the yard for weeks (if not months) ahead. The novelty of the Christmas toys has worn off, and the next round of early childhood classes has yet to start and pull us out of the house on a regular basis. I find myself watching the clock all morning, counting down the hours till naptime and then the arrival of the babysitter – someone new! and mama gets to go to work!
But I hate letting boredom and idle play drive our days. While I’m not an uber-organized, schedule-every-minute-with-educational-activities kind of mom, I need some creative inspiration for keeping S entertained and interested throughout the days that we’re together.
So in this deep mid-winter, my mothering spirit is craving ideas for new indoor activities to do with a young toddler. Any suggestions?
I did find this blog of ideas (of which I am completely in awe and overwhelmed): the prospect of a mother who not only plans out the different engaging and intellectually stimulating activities that she does with her toddler all day, but blogs about each one in detail as well? I can’t decide if this inspires me or makes me want to crawl back into bed. But lots of her ideas seem to require a particularly crafty nature, and lots of free time for planning – neither of which are possessed by this working mother.
So please, if you have any easy, cheap, entertaining, even educational (?!) ideas for keeping child and mother from losing our minds to cabin fever, please send them my way. Both of our sanities will be deeply indebted to you.