Your #1 winter goal: beat cabin fever! We want to help, so we tapped into parents who are head honchos on the parent support circuit. Click through our flipbook to meet moms group founders across the U.S. They dish on how to keep kids not only entertained, but ecstatic, when the weather doesn’t agree.
Paige Teusink – Grant Park Parents Network
Paige is president of the Grant Park Parents Network in Atlanta, Georgia and proud mom to son Everett and daughter Cora. Her best way to beat boredom on a cold weekend is to have Everett help her cook. “We spend many cold days making banana bread, pizza dough, coffee cake and the like. I love how easy it is. He helps me measure the ingredients, throw them in the machine, and watch it cook,” she says.
Wintertime is the best time to be outdoors for this Atlanta family. “The winter months are my favorite time to be outside, as opposed to the sweltering summer months. One of our favorite activities is to go on family bike rides. What's better than being bundled up while feeling the crisp air on your face as you get some exercise?” She and her friends help each other out when it comes to 'emergency' winter gear: “A group of my friends and I created a 'busy bag exchange.' We each picked a game or activity that could be assembled to fit into a small bag and made one for each child in the group. They are easy to throw in your purse or pull out of the closet when you just can't think of anything else to do. My son’s favorite of the activities are "Build-a-Book" and the "I Spy Jars."
Her go-to spot to beat the winter blues? This family can’t resist a winter trip to the zoo, which (lucky them!) is right across the street. “During the colder time of the year, especially on the weekdays, it's almost like having our own personal zoo because the heavy crowds of the summer have long since died down.” Winter adventures include more outdoor action for this active family. “We like to go on hikes year round, but there is something magical about being in the forest during the winter. The trees are bare so you can see for miles. Sweetwater Creek State Park is only 15 miles from our home and is a beautiful setting for a hike, as well as feeding ducks, fishing, and canoeing,” she says.
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— Gabby Cullen