Winter creates the perfect recipe to turn your kids in couch potatoes: it’s cold, it gets dark early, and depending on where you live, there might even be snow on the ground. It’s easy to see why your kids might not be eager to bundle up and get outside, and would rather spend their time indoors with the heat turned up, plopped down in front of the TV playing video games. Whether you and your spouse or partner have green jobs or not, you know that will just run up your electricity bill!
To help try to keep your kids active, while also reducing your skyrocketing energy bills, here are a few eco-friendly ways to help your kids fight winter boredom.
Go Outside with Them
Yes, yes, we know, you don’t want to go out into the cold any more than your kids, but it will probably motivate them more if you get involved and go outside with them rather than just trying to chuck them out of the house so you can have some time to yourself. Get all bundled up together and head outside for some winter fun. If you have some snow, go sledding down your best local hill. Build a snowman! Snow angels! Snowball fights! Build a fort! There’s tons you can do with the white stuff that’s totally free.
No snow? No problem. If you can tolerate the temperatures, your local parks should be open year round, so you can still walk around and find activities. Try geocaching for a fun treasure hunt, or create your own scavenger hunt. Try creating a nature journal together to see if you have any future writers in your midst.
If You Must Stay Indoors
The cold gets to us all, so if you need some indoor activities, how about you try instituting a board game day/night for your family so they aren’t using the TV all day and night. Teach them a green thumb and start growing an organic garden indoors so you have yummy vegetables and herbs come springtime. You can even teach your kids recycling or get creative using recycled materials to create crafts or usable life hacks.
Sounds more fun than just sitting around waiting for things to warm up, right? Give them a try!
Winter is also a great time to consider a new career, and a green job is a great way for you to make a positive impact on the world around you. If you’re interested in a more sustainable career, keep checking the blog for more info on green job trends.