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Rain & Snow Day Crafts and Activities, Oh My!

Kids Crafts

Are you stuck in the house on a bad weather day?

Is it too cold to go outside, or maybe you don’t want to get drenched in the rain?

On top of that, do you have little ones?!

No worries! The Excellent Nanny Service is here for you! We have some rainy day and snow in day crafts and activities for the whole family to do.

Board games! Hello?! Monopoly! Sorry! Connect Four! Life! The list of amazing and timeless games do not cease there. Bring out some friendly competition and see who still has it after you brush the dust off of your board games. It’s a great and healthy way to embrace the competitive nature in everyone and see who will come out reigning supreme!

pastries

How about bringing the kids into the kitchen for some baking?! This is a great time to share one of those family recipes in the cookbooks, or just mix some box brownies, precut cookies, or bake a cake! It’ll get messy for sure, but it’ll all be worth it when you see how much fun everyone is having around the kitchen and laughing.

Reading is fundamental, but you can also make it fun! By doing this and reading one of the kids favorite books, it’ll keep them entertained all while being productive. They’ll learn something and be engaged the whole time, or at least part of it.

Back in the kitchen we go for this next idea! Cooking a meal together! Cooking together teaches teamwork, discipline, and patience. Not only that, but it shows how to listen to one another to reach a common goal. Why not gather in the kitchen to cook something easy that everyone would like? Spaghetti, or any kind of pasta really can be made quick and easy. You can make any kind of homemade soup, nachos, salad, hamburges, and the list goes on, but let’s not forget about homemade pizza!

Hello photos! Make a scrapbook and collage out of those photos just lying around with no home. It’ll be quite a trip down memory lane and you’ll have fun with the kids. You never know what they might have to say or questions that might arise! This is also a great time to intertwine a little bit of a family history lesson while doing this activity. It never hurts to learn!

Do I hear a spa day?! What better way than for everyone to pamper themselves in the house?! But out the robes, fingernail polish, face masks, cucumbers (for your eyes), and play some soft music. Not only will it get your little one to be in a calm state, but they’ll really enjoy being pampered.

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Finally, movie day! Why not spend the day snuggled up under blankets indulging in the best family movies that you call your favorite?! It’s a win-win for everyone and what great bonding time it’ll be for everyone. Make some hot chocolate, pop some popcorn and curl up in front of the tv while everyone enjoys togetherness! It’ll be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made!

We hope this list helped! Who doesn’t like spending time with their loved ones?! Let’s not forget, that most of the time, it does not matter what you do with your little ones but just that you’re with them. Whatever you decide to do, whether it be going out into the snow and enjoying winter, or spending the day in museums, or even being inside the house, your kids just want to spend time with you.

Why don’t you tell us some of your favorite things to do when you can’t go outside?!

How My Worst Parenting Moment Turned Into My Best

Last weekend, after eight years of being a mom, I had my worst parenting moment yet. My 9-month-old daughter fell off her 4-foot-high changing table straight onto her head. My husband, 7-year-old daughter, 6-year-old son and I were all standing there, each one thinking the other was watching her. It happened in slow motion, like something from a movie.

Once she hit the ground, there was a thud, then a scream (mine). Then came the tears (hers and mine). All of this was followed by several frantic moments — holding her, bouncing her, calling the pediatrician.

She was fine. Thank God. One visit to the ER, a small bruise on her forehead, and multiple ice packs later, I can say we were very, very lucky.

Sitting in that waiting room, though, I didn’t feel lucky. I felt like the worst parent in the world. I was in tears, shocked that one second of negligence — I had been searching for a certain onesie in her top drawer — had caused my daughter any pain. I was terrified that she was permanently damaged. That my lack of caution had somehow changed my perfect baby and I was going to have to live with that guilt.

But then a funny thing happened.

While I was sitting in the waiting room, tears streaming down my cheeks, my hands clenched and nervous, another mother came up to me. She smiled. Her 3-year-old son was sick and she was holding him close to her chest, rocking and bouncing. I’d been eyeing her earlier, watching the way she whispered to him and the loving way she rocked him. So maternal. I figured a mom like her would never drop her baby.

But then: “I heard you with the nurse,” she told me. “Don’t feel bad. I did the same thing when he was six months. Rolled right off it. He’s fine.”

Once I got in to see the doctor and he’d poked and prodded the baby, shining a light in her eyes and looking in her ears, he pronounced her “perfect.”

“And also, I did the same thing with my son when he was this age. He’s 40 now. No worries.”

Once I was home, I started telling others of my scare — and of my guilt. And one by one, they told similar tales. “I tripped carrying my 3-month-old down the stairs.” “My 10-month-old rolled out of our high bed.” “I fell while she was in the Bjorn. Landed right on her face!” There were so many, I lost count. It seemed everyone was tripping, falling and dropping their babies.

I felt better.

The truth is, sometimes being a mother can feel isolating. When we mess up — yell when we don’t want to, hurt our children unintentionally, let them sit in a poop too long — the guilt can sometimes be crushing. What kind of mother am I? How could I do this to my own baby?

They say it takes a village, but they usually mean in a different sense. And while it’s true that having multiple hands on deck when it comes to raising our babies is helpful and vital, it’s also true that it’s not just about taking care of our little ones. It’s about taking care of us, too. Sometimes moms need that village just to say, “it’s OK. I’ve been there, too. You are not the worst mom in the world.”

Adara (my baby) is fine. She was herself within minutes of the fall and her bruise faded within three days. It was a scare. The kind of thing that becomes family lore. I am sure when she is 16, her siblings and I will share the story of the day she fell from the changing table. It’s amazing how quickly terror fades into a tall tale when the outcome is good.

I am also feeling less guilty, thanks, in large part, to my village. The next time I see a mom struggling — whether it’s because she made a massive mistake and feels guilty or because her toddler is having a fit in Target and she is embarrassed — I am going to make a point not to ignore her and go about my business, I will approach her, a smile on my face, and assure her: “I’ve been there, too.” Because I have. We all have. There is no use lying or playing like we are superior. We are all just stumbling along, doing our best and making mistakes. There is no use pretending otherwise. And when we drop those walls, when we open up and tell our stories, we feel less alone.

We are a community of mothers, making mistakes, having terrifying moments, and learning from it all. Together.

 

 

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