I do love the changing of the seasons, and I normally just rock on the same as always with my parenting stuff. But some things are definitely different in the winter time.
For one, it’s darker in the mornings, and it’s darker earlier at night, and apart from the craziness which is sports training that still goes late into the dark times, I am getting my kids to bed earlier, and we are snuggling into the house earlier.
It makes sense right?
The reason I bring this up though, is because we can definitely get down about the wintery weather, and the lack of sunlight. I particularly find that my mood becomes a bit more negative if I go too long without the sun on my skin. It’s a Vitamin D thing I”m sure, but it’s also a part of my personality that I love ‘variety’ in my life, and winter can feel a bit glum, dreary and boring. So, I really have to focus on finding the positive and the beauty in these winter days.
And I keep up my running, even though it feels like the last thing I want to be doing (actually I’m not running for a week, since I’ve twinged my back), but it’s still important to get out and about, but my concession is to go running at different times of the day, so I’m not falling in rabbit holes in the dark, and I’m also not really running the same distances that I was. Usually between 5-6km, but now I’m happy to get 3km done, and move on.
The other concession I’m making is for our health. I’ve bought a big jar of Vitamin C tablets, and every morning we are taking them. The kids get one each and hubby and I are having two. The kids think that it’s like a lolly, and they are right, it’s a treat, but it’s a yummy one, and good for us.
An extra top up for the wintery months, and some extra help against the winter colds that are already making themselves known. Plus it’s something a little special and different.
What concessions and changes are you making for the winter months ahead?
It’s important to check in and check that you are coping when the weather is colder, and a bit more miserable. You can’t just put the kids outside for some time out for you, and it means that they are more times that the kids are in your space, and it seems like they are looking for ways to annoy you.
Just breathe through things, look after yourself, and get in touch if you are struggling. Some people may think that this time of year it may be more difficult to make changes in your parenting because you are all just on top of each other. I find the opposite is true. Change can happen really quickly in your home at this time, purely because you NEED it to. It’s a great motivator, and it can make the wintery months special.
You can ABSOLUTELY be the parent that you want to be, it doesn’t matter when you start there are always great reasons to just make it happen.
Stephanie Davis is the leading parenting expert in ‘Parenting by Personality’ and in coaching parents to raise their children to be KICKARSE and SUCCESSFUL at every stage.