It is easy to get frustrated with the negatives of winter — cabin fever, all the effort it takes to layer your kids up to go outside, digging your car out of snowbanks just to leave the house. Like all the seasons, winter is fleeting. Enjoy the gifts it offers us while it is present. Despite my skepticism of this frosty season, I have come to realize that there is a place for winter.
We’ve all been there. The holidays can be a whirlwind of fun and delight, January is full of newness and resolutions, and then the reality of the New England winter sets in. I have to say, I’ve come to embrace winter over the years, and this year I wanted to think more about how. Here's what I've come up with so far.
If the holiday season doesn't go the way you envision, there's always next year. Let’s not forget that the season is about the joy and the meaning of our holidays, not the junk, or the events, or all the things. You do the holidays your way, I’ll do them mine, and everyone else can go about it their way. Let’s go into this holiday season happy and excited with sound mind and presence so we can enjoy our children, our faiths, and our families — and a little of all the extras.
At this point in the Boston winter, it feels like the season will never, ever end. Tons of area museums, libraries, and organizations break out their best activities for February break, but what are you supposed to do in the wintertime that remains after break? It’s still cold, it’s still doing who knows what precipitation-wise, and you might get even more bored than you were before. Don’t fret — here are four ideas of things to do in the Boston area that will break up the late winter boredom beyond February break.
Life with children gets tricky in the winter. If your kids are anything like mine, they need to get lots of energy out on a daily basis. We don’t do well sitting at home all day. When it’s below freezing, and you can’t send your kids outside to play in the yard all day, how do you survive the long winter months? I have some great indoor activities to share with you!
We are in the heart of cold and flu season. With three active kids (two of whom are in school), a lot of germs go through our house. With those germs come many fevers. Many, many fevers. I was recently introduced to a really nifty app, OnCure, that makes tracking medicine dosages much easier (and safer!).
We all know Boston winters are no joke! It is essential for little ones to get out and play, and being stuck inside all winter is not an option. Here are some ideas for great winter gear to keep your kiddo toasty warm through this harsh season.
The first thing that strikes you upon entering is how Bertie's combines the best of a classic ice cream shop — clean white lines, the unmistakable silver of the milkshake machines, and counters with stools you can spin around on. This classic atmosphere is more than skin deep, though. Every aspect of Bertie's shows it is a well cared for, local, family business.
February and I are not friends. We're barely on speaking terms. My whole life, February has been the month where I run out of steam...
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