Winter and Parenting Wins

 Winter parenting winsLast week an Arctic blast visited Brisbane. For those wondering what an Arctic blast feels like in Brisbane, feel free to read this. After lamenting the absence of cold in May, we were all shivering and wishing summer back. We’re never happy are we?

In fairness, Brisbane houses are in no way built for the cold. If it’s 8 degrees outside, it’s likely to be 8 degrees inside (maybe 7). My winter wardrobe options are limited at best and my extra winter blanket is really my sleeping bag.

I’m a glass half-full kinda gal, so I’m always on the lookout for a silver lining. Last time the winter chill had a nibble (let’s be honest, it doesn’t really bite here), I found the style upsides.

Today, I’m all about the winter parenting wins.

  1. My eldest actually wants to wash the dishes so he can put his hands in the hot water.
  2. In a similar vein, my normally hygiene-apathetic boys have never been keener to hop into the warm shower or bath. Getting them out is the trick. Luckily we all still believe that pulling the plug will result in them being washed down the drain. I’m a cruel mother some times.
  3. I love a good snuggly sleep-in (in winter anyway) and sub 10 degree morning temps mean my early birds are happy to jump in the big bed and sleep and snuggle just a bit longer.
  4. The early sunset means that they have a good hour or so of darkness before bedtime. Making bedtime itself a much easier proposition than when it’s still bright outside and I’m trying to convince them sleep is a good idea.
  5. They will actually sit down and eat their food. They have a vested interest in doing so while it’s still warm.
  6. Once we get our morning underway and we step outside, the days are completely brilliant. Winter in Brisbane is dazzling. Clear blue skies, just a slight nip in the air and bright winter sunshine.
  7. If the weather is really bitterly cold, if there is snow predicted for Stanthorpe, if there is frost on the lawn, my youngest can maybe, just maybe be convinced to consider donning shoes and a jumper.

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Does winter lead to any parenting wins in your household?


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26 thoughts on “Winter and Parenting Wins

    • Robyna says:

      My two year old hates pants and shoes. It’s ridiculous! While every one else is rugging up like it’s going to snow at any second.

  1. Vanessa says:

    Houses here truly aren’t built for the cold. A heater is actually now a medical necessity in our house, which has kind of stopped me from looking at moving like I want to – needing a heater/having a dog makes renting a reasonably priced house nearly impossible.

  2. Rachel says:

    Well that’s one way of looking at it… I’m currently stuck at home with two snotty, miserable children who are too ill to go to daycare but not sick enough to want to stay on the sofa and watch tv. I hate winter!!!

  3. Emily says:

    Glad you’re flipping the winter blues on its head! I love winter. I’d rather be cold than hot any day – you can always add another layer or twenty! I love the extra snuggles, the Milos (both for the taste and to warm your hands up on the mug) and the kids joining in on my indoor exercise routine just to get a bit warmer. #teamIBOT
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  4. Sandra Kelly says:

    My husbands sister moved to Brisbane four years ago. She is staying with us for a few days a long way South in Victoria. You might say she has climatised quite well to the Brisbane weather (and life style) because she has declared “I AM NEVER COMING TO VISIT AGAIN IN JUNE, EVER!” Funny! Freezing! 😉
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