Due to a major snowstorm this past week, local school districts and places of employment were closed. Weather forecasters were frantically reminding people to stay off the road unless it was of utmost necessity to be out there. While children and parents alike welcome the news, it isn’t long before cabin fever sets in. Before you go stir crazy, try some of these things out for a change of pace and to help with this malady.
Jigsaw Puzzle – This will not only provide long hours of entertainment if it’s a puzzle with at least 500 pieces, it will also offer some quality family time together. You may even decide to frame it after it is completed.
Bake cookies – If you have to be indoors for an extended period, indulging in a guilty pleasure can be fun and delicious. Look in the pantry and make do with what supplies that are available to you. Look for a new recipe if a change is needed from those old familiar cookies.
Tell your life story – Wouldn’t it be fun to share stories with your children of how it was growing up as a child? No doubt they will get a kick out of hearing some of the things you did as a youngster. It’s a reminder of how things do in fact change.
Board game marathon – I’m talking about Checkers, Scrabble, Monopoly and Trouble to name just a few. It’s a fun way to spend time together while having good conversation and laughter.
Organize photos – You’ve been looking for just the right time to get to those photos that have been bulging out of old shoe boxes and albums. Make this a time to get them organized. Pictures evoke such fond memories as you stroll down memory lane of years gone by.
Gather up coats – During this time of year there is always a need for coats, gloves and scarves to counter the cold effects of the winter months. If you have some that are in good shape that you no longer wear, pack them up and donate to a local homeless shelter or thrift store. Helping someone in need is always a positive thing and a reminder of how blessed you are to be able to give.
Have dinner together – There used to be a time that families actually gathered around the dinner table and ate together. With demanding work and extracurricular activities, this is not always possible. But when there is some time to do it take advantage of it. It will be more meaningful because it may not happen as often as you would like. Let each share something that is going on in their life whether at school or on the job. Bonding as a family is a good thing.
Whether we like it or not, bad weather happens. But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Make it into something positive for you and your family.