Moms vs. Kids: How They Really Feel About Winter

Moms vs. Kids: How They Really Feel About Winter

Winter is a touchy subject, bringing tears of joy to some, and of frustration to others.

By Lorraine Allen

Winter -- UGH!!!! As someone who grew up with swimming pools and ocean views from my classrooms, I still can't stand winter, despite living in the Northeast for almost 20 years now. Oh, I try. Trust me. I put my best foot forward each time flu season peaks, and the snow piles up, and plans are ruined by bad weather. I bake lots of cookies and plan fun fondue dinners with friends. I buy daffodils to remind me that spring will come, eventually. I ski and sled any chance I get with my family. But I still. Hate. Winter. I do.

On the flip side, my kid loves it so much she starts looking for snowflakes the day summer ends, and my puppy goes crazy in the snow too, so that helps make these dark, freezing days brighter for sure. For that reason, I couldn’t help but wonder how other moms and kids differ on this cruelest of seasons. Here’s what I found.

1. “I love when there's so much snow, and we don't have to go to school! It's the BEST." -- Sam, 8

"If we have one more snow day this decade, I seriously think I might dig myself a hole in the yard, like a private igloo, and go hide in it. Do you think they would find me?!" -- Sam's mom

2. "Oooooh, I LOVE winter! I love ice skating, and the rink in the park is open ALL winter. Also, the sidewalks get so icy, like today, and it feels like I'm ice skating when I just walk around! I even like it when I slip and fall, because it’s so funny." -- Rae, 7

"Last winter, I sprained my ankle on the ice. This winter, so far, our car has been iced in twice for over three days. It's brutal. It's affecting our entire schedules! It takes an extra half hour to get anywhere, and I just don’t have that extra time. Grrr!" -- Rae's mom

3. “Winter is the best because there are so many holidays. Like, every two weeks, there's a holiday or school is closed. It's awesome." -- Andy, 11

"I don't know what's more complicated anymore: getting through summer school vacations, with two jobs and two kids, or getting through winter, with all the school holidays between December and April. We have to tag-team using our paid days off, and I can't remember the last time my husband and I got to take a week off together as a family." -- Andy's mom

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4. "I like to throw snowballs at my brothers. Especially the baby because he can't run away and thinks it's funny." -- Robert, 5

"There are constant puddles IN the house. Everything is wet and soggy, and covered in snot. And don't get me started on the bloody noses." -- Robert's mom


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5. “No!” (Her reply when I asked her what she thinks about winter.) -- Suzie, 3

“She hates the cold weather because she refuses to wear long sleeves or hats or mittens. So we have epic, twice-daily battles to get out the door. Other than that, I’ve always liked winter.” -- Suzie’s mom

6. “I don’t like winter because I can’t play soccer or softball, we can’t go surfing, we have to put on so many clothes, and we can’t even go outside at recess many days.” -- Molly, 12

“We actually agree on this. We’re big beach people, and my kids are both really athletic, so being stuck inside is hard on all of us. We try to get away somewhere warm for a week if we can. That saves us. We all can’t wait till spring.” -- Molly’s mom

How do you and your kids feel about winter?

Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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