Let the sea­son’s storm rage on

Win­ter is a time to en­dure in these parts but you may as well make the most of it ...

QT Magazine - - HEALTHY , WEALTHY & WISE - PAR­ENT­ING WITH CHARISSE FARR

Well, the cold may have never both­ered Queen Elsa of Aren­delle from Frozen, but it both­ers me. In fact, I hate the cold. As does ev­ery­one in my house­hold. Give us the sun, heat, the and the hu­mid­ity that comes with sum­mer any day of the week.

And yes, I know that in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t get that cold in Ip­swich, but as Gol­lum yells to Bilbo, “We hates it, we hates it, we hates it for­ever!”

That said, win­ter is in­evitable. So how do we cope with it? Well, apart from the oblig­a­tory whinge or two (or maybe three or four) when win­ter’s breath starts to chill our days and nights, my main so­lu­tion is: lay­ers.

Leave the house in the morn­ing with at least five lay­ers, and peel off dur­ing the day (be­cause re­ally, it gets quite warm – and kids run around at school dur­ing the day and get hot any­way) and then put the lay­ers back on from about 4pm on­wards.

The main is­sues we have with win­ter are the con­stant runny noses and the threat of get­ting the dreaded lurgy, and even worse, the flu (not just man-flu, but the ac­tual flu). Reg­u­lar con­sump­tion of vi­ta­min c rich foods are a must, and for some ex­tra pro­tec­tion, go with echi­nacea, gar­lic and zinc tablets.

This year, we’re all get­ting the flu jab – you may or may not want to do that, but we’re do­ing it. Last year’s flu hit us hard and we want to min­imise that risk this year.

De­li­cious food such as beef cheeks, hearty lentil dishes (if you can con­vince your child to eat such things – mine won’t eat it), and lamb shanks are reg­u­larly on the menu. Kid-favourite dishes such as mac and cheese (ei­ther made from scratch or the mi­crowave ver­sions) are a sta­ple in our house, as are any num­ber of other pasta dishes, and of course, lasagna.

In terms of fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, if the day is nice, we try to go out­side in the sun – ei­ther to just hang out in the yard, or play/prac­tice rugby. If the weather is less than ideal then it’s a day spend on the couch, un­der a doona, watch­ing movies, and eat­ing pop­corn. Or if we can be both­ered, an af­ter­noon at the cinema is al­ways a good backup plan for a cloudy win­ter day.

What­ever you de­cide to do this win­ter, keep warm, make mem­o­ries, and I hope you don’t get the flu!

And it’s al­ways good to re­mem­ber Percy Bysshe Shel­ley’s ques­tion: “O, wind, if win­ter comes, can spring be far be­hind?”.

– Charisse

Leave ❛❛ the house in the morn­ing with at least five lay­ers ...

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