Sur­viv­ing win­ter with small chil­dren

If sea­sons had emo­tions, win­ter would be the moody one, writes

Matamata Chronicle - - Backyard Banter -

feel­ing lim­ber enough to climb un­der the din­ing ta­ble with your kids.

Speak­ing of pic­nics, eat­ing out­doors doesn’t have to be lim­ited to sun­shine. Mum­took me to the beach in the pour­ing rain when I was younger. We stopped in at a fish and chip shop on the way and or­dered two sep­a­rate packs of fried good­ness. When we got to the beach we tore holes in the tops of our food parcels and munched on our lunch in­side the car. I loved eat­ing from my own packet of food rather than open­ing it right up and com­pet­ing for the de­li­cious­ness with other hands and mouths.

Your lo­cal li­brary or other com­mu­nity groups might have reg­u­lar kid-friendly events – and many of them are free (or very rea­son­ably priced) too. Check out your lo­cal coun­cil’s web­site or ask your neigh­bours on neigh­

Win­ter doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom when it comes to en­ter­tain­ing your chil­dren. And if all else fails, there’s noth­ing wrong with the oc­ca­sional Dis­ney movie.

You don’t have to stay cooped up in­side just be­cause it’s win­ter.

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