The winter blahs…

It happens every winter.  The whole family is cooped up insde the house because afterall, it’s winter outside.  How do you keep the winter blahs from setting in when it’s cold, gray, and dreary outside?  Sometimes it’s good to do something fun and out of the ordinary to break things up a little.  One thing I tried with my own kids was to pretend it was summer for a day.  We turned the heat up in the house, just for an afternoon, and everyone wore summertime clothes and ate popsicles.  It was fun!   I also let my younger kids wear their bathing suits in the bathtub, so it felt more like swimming.  That was a big hit too.  But you can do things far less drastic than that, like taking a day off from “regular” school to do an art project, for example.  It just helps to break up the gloom outside on a cold winter day.