I am usually not one to complain about the cold because I have chosen to stay in Minnesota. I love that, unlike many other areas of the US, we have all four seasons of the year.
However, this winter has not been fun. Most days its too cold to be outside. We also have more snow than I can remember having since I was a little kid.
The schools have closed 5 times since New Years. The first couple of days meant the kids a little extra time to enjoy Christmas gifts. I am still finding those Rainbow Loom bands everywhere!
The next three days off I was tired. The kids actually wanted to get back to school because they had teachers emailing assignments home and would rather get their assignments at school.
I saw many Facebook posts from friends who had their kids at the movies, bowling, trampoline parks, etc. That’s just not in our budget.
My kids spent their days playing Minecraft…. I’m pretty sure I would be able to make some sort of educational connection if I tried but I’ve decided that I’m human and I admit that, at times, my kids get more screen time than the experts recommend. When they are not on the screens they ask inquisitive questions and we have great conversations. Our family dinners are never dull as you never know where the conversation is going to go.
So guilt. Nope. Don’t have any.
The experts will keep making their recommendations but I have to go with what is realistic with my kids and our family. Yes – I may tuck those recommendations somewhere in my brain- but when it comes down to it I’m going to go with my gut.
So, it’s a balance I guess.