Winter blues got you down?
Winter can be a hard season for so many reasons. The excitement of the holidays and winter break are over. It is cold, dark and dreary most days. It is hard to get the motivation to go outside when it is so cold. Not only do we struggle as adults, but our children do as well. There are many assessments scheduled during the winter months, which require children to sit for longer periods of time than normal. When the weather is harsh outside, the children have to stay inside for recess. Physical activity is so important for us all, but especially important for the children. There is a multitude of research that describes the physical and emotional benefits of fresh air and exercise.
Unfortunately, it seems we have been indoors, more often than not for recess at school. We try to have physical activities for the children, but as we all know, we are currently limited with our space. We are hoping the weather will be better next week, but just in case, here are some ideas on how to beat the winter blues.
Our park districts can be such good resources for us during this time of the year. They offer many different types of programming for children, even on days off from school. The library has many activities available to the community for free. There are ice rinks and sled hills in our local parks when weather permits.
Could one of our goals as parents be to get out and move with our children? It may be as simple as taking a long walk! It would be great for all of us! The good news is the days ARE getting longer!