Have you ever noticed that when kids are cooped up inside too much, their mood goes sour quickly? This makes parenting more stressful.
Well guess what? Winter is coming for those of us in the northern hemisphere. I sent an email to a friend in Australia recently telling him how jealous I was of their upcoming summer. I’m not a huge fan of Winter. Where I live, the snow starts to fall, it gets really cold, and people easily find themselves in a state of misery. At least that’s what happens to adults.
What about children? We bundle them up tightly when we take them outside, and they absolutely LOVE it. They are toasty warm and they could play outside for hours. Us parents, on the other hand, tend not to dress warm enough to actually enjoy the outdoors. We just put on enough clothing to endure it.
Because we adults tend to only endure the weather, rather than enjoy it, we like to stay indoors. We don’t get enough sunshine (which gives us Vitamin D), and we feel more depressed because we are cooped up inside of the house. If we are cooped up, we tend to keep our kids cooped, up and then pretty soon everyone is in a bad mood.
There is a much better way to live. About one week ago my parents came into town to visit with their grandchildren, along with visiting my wife and I. We were starting to get bored of being in the house so we went out for a walk. It was actually a really cold day. Initially, I just put on boots and a winter coat, but the kids were in full snow suits (snow pants and all).
I walked outside and felt the wind nipping at my legs through my jeans. I quickly decided to go back in the house and put on a pair of athletic pants under my jeans. I put my boots back on and rejoined the family outside to begin our walk. What I observed is that this small change in how I dressed made a massive difference in my comfort. I was completely warm and comfortable now, despite the “crappy” weather.
We really enjoyed being outside and the kids went from being crabby to being totally energized and excited. They smiled and laughed. It was an incredible change.
So when the weather gets crappy in your area, just get outside anyway! Dress appropriately and enjoy the outdoors. Your kids will love it and by making small changes to how you dress, you’ll enjoy it too.
When your kids are in a better mood, you’ll enjoy being their parents much more. This is just one more simple way to improve child behavior. Unlike what I teach in my audio course, this is a simple change that you can make which has nothing at all to do with language skills. But the end goal is the same – parents want to keep their kids in good moods to avoid stress.
Enjoy your children,