February has to be the crappiest month of all the year for me. We are not huge into Valentine’s day so we are always in a hurry to say goodbye to it. I know it’s only just started but I am sick of the cold, frosty days and the dark gloomy days. We tend to hibernate a bit in the winter and our four walls are too much for us any longer, cabin fever has set in. I can tell by my patience levels and the kids attitude when they need to get out and do something. After a really tough morning full of grumpy toddlers and at my wits end with the two of them pushing, shoving, and fighting over toys, I had had it. Yes, my toddlers are just like the rest with tantrums and craziness and this particular day I thought we need to get out of this house!
As parents I know you all know this feeling where the kids are just too much, they won’t listen and you want to cry as nothing is getting done. The dishes were left unwashed along with the forever piling laundry. I just couldn’t do anything but play referee and think is it bedtime yet? It’s never a good sign when you are begging for bedtime already at 10am!
I was racking my brain to get creative and do something fun. That was my problem though I didn’t need to plan something extravagant or even go do something special. I was thinking too much into it to entertain the kids ALL they needed was to have a change of scenery.
I pulled the cars off the driveway and the kids played with their bikes, their ball, and just had a good giggle playing against the garage door outside our front door. They just needed fresh air! They just needed a simple change that didn’t cost anything. No soft play area to entertain them just them using their imagination in the great outdoors like I used to when I was growing up. It also got me thinking there are never any kids playing outside anymore.
I used to have to go play out until dinner was ready! Where are the kids kicking balls against the side of the house? Where are the kids playing hockey in the streets or riding their bikes on the sidewalks? It just doesn’t seem to happen as much anymore.
It’s times like this I think why do I overthink it all? It’s simple to have fun and have a laugh with the kids. I think in this day and age we are pressured to make things happen and provide big adventures regularly. No fault but our own of the busy social lives we lead these days but I asked myself what makes a great childhood? It’s not constant music or messy play classes it’s not numerous visits to Disneyland. It’s more simple than all that – its fun! All my happy childhood memories are of me playing outside with my cousins or on the beach with my mom and with my siblings in the woods behind our house. It’s all about simple fun. I want that for my kids and lately we haven’t got out enough to just have simple outdoor fun.
After our driveway ‘play’ we took a little stroll to get Buba’s glasses tightened and instead of going back home like we normally do we kept on strolling. We didn’t have any plans but to enjoy the fresh air. We came home in such a better mood than we left that morning. It’s the simple things in life that we should be grateful for and remember. The little ordinary moments that really make the best childhood memories. I vowed this year I would do more simple fun things with the kids and get them out walking, exploring and being outdoors more. Nature can be the best medicine to two grumpy cabin fever children and one stressful cabin fever mommy, I promise you!