Winter is com­ing...

Layering your cloth­ing helps keep the body warm dur­ing the colder months

QT Magazine - - PARENTING - WITH CHARISSE FARR

T his phrase may not have the same lay­ered and com­plex mean­ing for the res­i­dents of Ip­swich as it does for House Stark in Game of Thrones, but the re­cent tem­per­a­ture drop, we are cer­tainly re­minded that our days of swel­ter­ing in the heat are over … at least for a few months. If you’re like me and mine who love the heat and greet the cold with dis­dain and dis­plea­sure, the sea­sons of au­tumn and winter are usu­ally met with a lot of (not nec­es­sar­ily war­ranted) whinge­ing and whin­ing about how cold it is. So, how do we deal with the cold? One of my go-to pieces of ad­vice for the cold comes from a mod­ern sage, Shrek: “Lay­ers. Onions have lay­ers. Ogres have lay­ers. Onions have lay­ers. You get it? We both have lay­ers.” Layering your cloth­ing dur­ing winter helps a lot. Leave the house fully lay­ered – sin­glet, t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt, jumper, jacket. Peel off the lay­ers when you get hot dur­ing the day, and put them back on when the night air comes again. I find that morn­ings are the worst dur­ing the cooler months. Un­der­stand­ably, no one re­ally wants to leave the warmth of their bed. But a nice bowl of por­ridge and a lovely cup of tea helps (a lit­tle bit) in get­ting the day started. And yes, even the 8-year-old loves a bowl of por­ridge in the morn­ing. For a kid who would live off chicken nuggets and chips if he could, this fact still sur­prises me! Ul­ti­mately though, winter is only for a few months, and re­al­is­ti­cally, an Ip­swich winter is not that bad in the grand scale of things. My ad­vice would be to layer it up, drink co­pi­ous amounts of tea, eat stodgy and de­li­cious food that you wouldn’t even dream of eat­ing in the hot­ter months, build blan­ket and doona forts with the kids, and re­mem­ber that we’ll all be sweat­ing in our jocks again in no time. Charisse Farr in­hab­its a lit­tle Span­ish mis­sion home in Ip­swich with her hus­band, her 8-go­ing-on-18-year-old lit­tle boy, a grumpy cat named Storm, and the ever-ex­citable mini-moxie-cross Penny.

PHOTO: GOODSHOOT

It’s time to start build­ing blan­ket and doona forts.

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