HomeParenting20 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Winter

20 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Winter

The Danish have got it down pat—all you need to survive winter are the five elements of Hygge: warmth, togetherness, simplicity, comfort food and nature. But don’t stop there. Add one or all of the following to your family’s fall to-do list and you’ll find the darkening winter days all that much brighter!

Create a cozy winter atmosphere

Make your home a warm and inviting space by adding cozy touches. Use soft blankets, warm lighting and scented candles to create a warm and comfortable ambiance. Read books together, play board games or watch movies in your winter cocoon.

Embrace winter activities

Take advantage of winter-specific activities. Depending upon where you live and what’s close at hand, consider ice skating, sledding, skiing or even puddle jumping! Not only do these pursuits provide exercise but they also create lasting memories.

- Advertisement -

Set goals and plan projects

Why wait for New Year’s Eve?! Use the winter as an opportunity for personal and family growth. Set individual and collective goals or embark on projects that align with your family’s interests. Learn a new skill, plan a trip or work on a hobby together.

Stay physically active

Encourage your family to engage in physical activities regularly, even during the colder months. Indoor activities like dancing, yoga or home workouts can be fun and keep everyone fit.

Eat nutritious food

Eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Seasonal produce can be a great addition to your winter meals. Experiment with cooking hearty and healthy winter recipes. And cook together—not only is this a way of teaching healthy eating habits, but it’s fun, too!

Stay hydrated

It’s easy to forget to drink enough water in colder weather but staying hydrated is just as important now as it is in summer. Herbal teas or hot water with lemon are options as is an occasional mug of hot chocolate!

Get enough sleep

Keep a consistent sleep schedule for everyone in the family. A good night’s sleep is as important to kids as a winter’s hibernation is to bears! Head to bed a little early and snuggle up to read.

Practice good hygiene

Encourage regular handwashing and personal hygiene to prevent the spread of illness, especially during flu and cold season.

Bundle up for the winter

Dress appropriately for the weather. Layers can help regulate body temperature, and don’t forget to wear hats, gloves and scarves to protect against the cold.

Get enough Vitamin D

Since there’s less sunlight in the winter, think about talking to your doctor about taking vitamin D supplements. This can help with mood and overall health.

Take care of your mental health

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a real thing and can have a huge impact on mental health. Consider light therapy lamps and encourage kids to talk about and express their feelings and emotions.

Plan fun indoor activities

To help combat boredom and cabin fever, make a list of your family’s favourite indoor activities and games that you can enjoy together.

Stay connected over the winner

Keep connections with friends and family, even if it’s through video calls. Social interaction is essential for mental well-being. Host a potluck or a movie night.

Keep active minds

Have reading, puzzles and educational activities on hand to keep everyone’s minds busy during the winter.

Remember winter specific safety

Have an emergency kit, including blankets, flashlights and non-perishable food, in case of power outages or extreme conditions.

Practice gratitude

Encourage a sense of gratitude by sharing things you’re grateful for each day. At dinner time or before bed, have kids list three things that happened in the day that made them feel grateful.

Volunteer for winter activities

Giving back to the community through volunteering can be a fulfilling way to spend the winter and teach children the value of helping others.

Plan for winter holidays

If you celebrate holidays during the winter, start planning early to reduce stress. Consider simplified and meaningful celebrations. And make gifts or exchange experiences instead of buying more stuff.

Current Issue

- Advertisement -


Childcare and Preschool

Childcare and PreSchools

More articles

- Advertisement -