Thursday, February 13, 2014

Stop, Drop, and Love

As I shared in my last post, we are all very tired of our Midwest winter:  snow, ice, gray skies, cold temperatures, and continual threats of flu viruses and colds.

So me and all my fellow mamas in similar weather conditions, are feeling rather desperate.  The kids have cabin fever, we have cabin fever---and so we are all struggling to make it through each day without completely falling apart.

So I've come up with an awesome plan.  It's simple.  It's doable.  It's fun.

When the crap is hitting the fan and we all want to crawl into the proverbial hole and throw the biggest tantrum ever while inhaling as much Haagan Dazs as possible (because it's always a good idea to "eat your feelings," right?)...we pick from the plan:

1: Hug.  (My kids will even come to me now and report, "I need a hug" if I don't get to them first and say, "Do you need a hug?")  It's one quick way to stop a hot mess from escalating to the point of no return.  It's calming.  It's reassuring.  

2: Turn on music and move.  Whether we need to chill out, show off booty-bumpin, pretend to line-dance, yell, whisper, or mock-waltz, I've got a play list.  Dancing is magical.  Music makes us happy and turns a situation around very quickly.

3: Create.  Bake cookies and care only how they taste, not how they look.   Color.  Glue dried beans to paper.  Invent a game.  Make up performances and cheer for one another. 

4:  Change of scenery.  Move to another room (my youngest loves to wrestle---specifically on the carpeted floor of any bedroom in the house), play outside, even for just five minutes, lay on the floor to read a book instead of sit on the sofa.  Simple.  Serene.

What else can I add to my Stop, Drop, and Love plan?   I'd love your suggestions!

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