How do you fight Cabin Fever?

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Ok, so many of you know that I am a Florida native who, due to insanity and not being of my right mind, transplanted myself (and my husband & son) to NY state last year. Short story? My family's spread out, hubby's family is all in this area, save one brother and a few cousins. We wanted our son to grow up around family.

IT'S FRIGGIN' COLD! Duh...I know, it's winter. But I'm not used to this mess. Snow, slush, horrible driving conditions. You know, it's easier to drive in a hurricane than it is to drive in snow? Just sayin'. Anywho, I need some help because now I'm starting to feel like a bear with all the hibernating I'm doing. I take my son out into the elements probably about 3 or 4 times a week, just because I know he needs to get out of the house. But we do spend a LOT (and I mean A LOT) more time inside living here, than we ever did living in Florida. So.....what the hell are you snowbound ladies doing to occupy yourselves and your children???? I'm running out of fingerpaints (I know, get more), my house is always pretty clean (for my "standards" lol), I refuse to sit here on the computer all day or watch tv all day so......what the HELL am I supposed to do with our time????? Today, I swear I could actually SEE the walls closing in on me. What do you do to keep that from happening? And also, why would anyone want to live like this???? I used to complain when I lived in Florida, because of all the "snowbirds" who visited or had time shares and used to clog up the roads but now I TOTALLY GET IT! I'm really surprised that Florida is still above water, that so many people don't move there, or to other southern states, because this cold shit? It's crazy lol


Tara - posted on 01/18/2011




What about rock climbing? Swimming? Join a mom and me cooking class, mom and me yoga etc.
Go mall walking lol
Volunteer once a week at an animal shelter, or an old age home, or anywhere else you would like to help out, most places welcome volunteers even with children in tow.
Make collages with him of all the Floridian things you miss and love.
Start a weather calendar and update it daily with pictures, temperatures readings etc.
Cook meals that you can freeze. Make mini movies with your camcorder or digital camera (we love doing this and do it often, the kids assign everyone a part in their "movie" and tell us our lines and then it's "action", later in the night we'll have a movie premiere.
Learn how to rug hook and get him doing it,
Do puzzles..
Get a kiddy pool, put it in the kitchen and fill it up, have a day at the spa, take a world tour on the computer of some place you would like to know more about, then try to live like they do in that culture.
Play dress up!! I love dress up.
Write a story together, he narrates, you write.
Or teach him how to play cards, chess, checkers, twister etc.
I live in a very cold, very snowy part of Canada and I miss the summer immensely but we dress for the weather and we get creative with our time indoors.

Johnny - posted on 01/17/2011




Buy a Sunlight lamp (, a giant tarp, a blow-up kiddie pool, some sand, a palm tree, and a coconut scented Plug-in. Make your own beach!

Then spend the following week getting the sand out of the carpets.

Sharon - posted on 01/18/2011




i agree. Get sunlamps. If nothing else - get the standard florescent fixtures and buy the cheaper simulated sunlight bulbs. I have those in my kitchen.

I noticed after I hung up that fixture (4 tubes x 4 ft long) everyones attitude seems to pick up.

Sal - posted on 01/19/2011




i have just had this problem, last summer was upto 50 degrees C then we moved and it was a horrid winter getting down to -11 degrees C, ice from the dogs water didn;t melt for days summer here now but i am still sulking about winter, playdough, cooking (anything at all, just helping with dinner is exciting if you are little) the library, find anywhere that is a play group, toy library, mums group, anywhere different for you and him and grown up people for you, the toy library was wonderful. could change the toys every week for something new and it cost next to nothing (i think $30 for 6 months) cutting out pics frommagazines and glueing pretty much on anything old cereal boxes anything, old cardboard boxes, my kids made a stove that they playwith for weeks from moving box and a pirate ship from one from the hardwear store, we grew seedlings in egg shells on the window sill and everyday i went a little bit more crazy!!!! have fun!!

Jodi - posted on 01/18/2011




I hear you, I live in Wisconsin, born and bred here. While I do enjoy winter to a point, in the summer I never wear shoes or socks and we're outside everyday...even rainy days!!! So when winter hits, and it's so cold that my daughter doesn't enjoy herself (she's too young to snow shoe, I'm preggo so I can't take her sledding or ice skating or skiing or anything that I actually enjoy doing! Plus, she's just too little for that stuff, not quite 2 yet!) it can be hard to get out more than a few times a week! My sister and I meet up at my parent's house a couple of times a month, she's got 2 kids and we play darts or shoot pool in the basement while the kids play in the rec room too. Or we heat up the garage, pull out the cars and let them ride bikes/trikes, pull out one of those foldy slides etc etc.

We also have a YMCA membership, we go swimming, and chase her on the jogging patch (afternoons are relatively slow there, so we don't interupt people). we take her to the children's museum every once in a while, there is an indoor sports center here that from October until April has 3 kids days a week. They have bouncy houses, a bike/trike day, floor scooters, trampoline etc etc. $3 entry for up to 4 hours works GREAT for us! When all else fails, we'll go get a parfait or sundae at McDonald's and enjoy the play place. Granted, these are only on good driving days, but we still manage to get out and about 3 or 4 times a week. Oh yeah, and our library has story hours year round segregated into age groups, that's 3 times a week, but we only go once, if that depending on what else is going on.

The library is a wonderful place to get information on events going on around town both free and with charge, once only or ongoing (like classes or groups.) If we travel a couple hours to visit my sister in Minnesota, there's even a zoo with a TON of indoor stuff.

As much as I hate winter, I could never move, all my close family is within a 2 hour drive, only 1 sister is more than 20 minutes away from my house (she lives 2 hours away! lol) Also, I don't know what your income is, but we're in headstart and they have monthly get togethers with other parent's/children. I've gotten resourceful at finding things JUST to get out of the house! Does your mall have a children's play area? Shop a little, play a little, grab a bite to eat...if I think of anything else, I'll let you know!


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Isobel - posted on 01/21/2011




Here's a thought...what about investing in really good winter-wear? Go out and get some long johns, a Canada Goose parka, and embrace the outside. It's not THAT bad out there as long as you have an awesome parka, and a good set of hat, mitts and a scarf. Don't forget to carry your travel mug with hot chocolate or coffee/tea either.

It's not SO bad out just gotta be ready for it

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Thanks for the suggestions girls. I swear, I'm allergic to the cold. I tried to go outside today and it was all I could do to shovel a 20 foot sidewalk and then I was DONE being out in this crap lol I think I'll stick with more indoor things. And of all the suggestions, for some reason, Sal's "growing seedlings in egg shells" fascinates me....I think I will. That way, in spring, my herbs will be ready to pop in the ground and egg shells make good fertilizer, I think.

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We homeschool so we get "cabin fever" a lot. We sing, jump around, dance, play outside (in good weather.) go to mcdonalds and get a drink then sit and let the kids play in the tunnels. etc. We also visit family, friends, etc.

Amanda - posted on 01/20/2011




i live in NY also, and i hate the cold as well! winter is always pretty and fun for a whole minute or two, then by mid-january the walls start closing in fast and the weather just pisses you off!
we have a little blow up pool that we fill with balls, we do a lot of arts and crafts things, i do a lot of pacing the house....
we like going to places like bounce magic (indoor bounce houses), Explore and More museum, and sadly enough we take a lot of trips to the toy store and let our two year old run around and play

Mary - posted on 01/18/2011




A couple of ideas...first, check out your local public Library. Mine has a weekly story time, every Wednesday, for 2-5 year olds. Not only do they read books, but we sing and dance as well. It lasts a half hour, and then most of us hang out for another 45 minutes or so while the kids play. Molly loves it, and I get some adult interaction. We've also gone to some other branches, who have their story times on different days.

We're also in a toddler's class at MY Gym. It's an hour - and again, it gets her out with other kids, and I get some time with other adults. My Gym isn't cheap, but do some research; I know there are numerous other, less expensive options out there.

Most of the malls within 30 minutes of me have some kind of tot lot, and of course, there is always Chick Fil A...we rarely eat there, but I'll take her there after lunch, get an iced tea, and let her play her little heart out for an hour or so.

I think it's best to have a plan...since the weather has gotten colder, I try to plan at least one outing that takes us out of the house for at least an hour each day (walking the dogs doesn't count). Sometimes it's as simple as a trip to Target or the grocery store. Molly also LOVES Petco, since they have fish, turtles, mice, rats, birds, ferrets and snakes. I certainly don't need dog food as often as we go there!

Rosie - posted on 01/18/2011




i don't know joy, i just go crazy too. i can't stand when it's below 40 as well. i do know that i like to have my friends come over more, helps me not feel so lonely. :)

Lady Heather - posted on 01/18/2011




I hail from Northern BC. It can get pretty bad here and I can't drive so that makes it all the worse. I have to admit, I've been so desperate somedays that I've gone out walking in -30C. Daughter is fully bundled and protected, but it sucks for me.

When we get really bored, we build forts. Doesn't do much for the state of your home, but my kid loves it. Then we play with her toys in the fort or eat lunch in the fort and that is somehow so much cooler than doing these things outside of the fort. I get the challenge of balancing the furniture just right.

But for the most part, yeah...we just go out. Unless the snow makes it totally impossible to push even my skookum stroller or it's -30 and snowing (not so bad if it's clear - horrid if it's snowing), we just put on more clothes and head outside.

Minnie - posted on 01/18/2011




Yes, definitely.

I grew up in NY and live in NH and I hate winter. If I don't look out the window then it isn't snowing!

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wow, its -10 today and its beautiful out. I was outside all morning.....i guess everyone has a different perception on whats cold or warm :P

Bonnie - posted on 01/18/2011




I don't blame for wanting to be inside. I have lived in Canada all my life and when it is -20 degrees celius or heck, even -10, I avoid going out if I don't have to.

Jenn - posted on 01/18/2011




We do lots of colouring, playing with toys, watch a video, play-doh, cleaning, play in the snow, reading, run some errands, visit a friend/family.

Krista - posted on 01/18/2011




Do you have any kind of parent resource centre in your area? They might have playgroups that you could go to, and if you and your son hit it off with another mom & kid, you could arrange to have a playdate once a week at your house, and once a week at her house. Sometimes just having COMPANY helps take away the feeling of going shack-wacky.

Jessica - posted on 01/18/2011




I havent even begun to read what the rest of the ladies hvae posted here..but i used to feel your pain. I was born raised and am stil living here in wisconsin(btw..well take some of that snow off your hands)
and used to HATE winter. Until we found an awesome winter hobby. Granted its not what everyone wants to do, but my point is this..go to your local thrift store or sports store and buy some winter gear. There are some REALLY comfy snowpants that allow you to bend and flex easily, and find something fun outside to skiing, shoe skating..for those that suck on,
sledding is a blast, making a snowman, snowball fights, help the kids build a snow fort, and we love snowmobiling..costly to start, but AWESOME..we get to see the serene majestic parts of the state. good luck

Kate CP - posted on 01/18/2011




How do you fight cabin fever? WITH A SPORK!!!

Sorry...sleep deprived. I'll go back to my hole now. :P

Sarah - posted on 01/18/2011




Just be glad it's not constant rain!!!!

Are there no indoor play areas, or swimming pools, or play groups you can go to? I know it's not the same as being out in the fresh air, but at least it's a change of scenery! :)

Becky - posted on 01/18/2011




I hear you, Joy! I grew up in Africa and live in Calgary now, and I really do not like winter or cold! Cole loves going out in the snow, but I am such a wimp! If it's colder than -10, I won't go out if I don't have to!
I'd have to say that I do spend too much time on the computer and watching TV, so I'm not much help, I'm afraid. :( But the boys and I also spend a fair bit of time chasing each other around the house and playing with Cole's cars.

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I agree with the others. I love skating, sledding, making snowmen, building forts, I love playing in the snow its a great pass time when its cold. Good snow clothes are a must in Canada. I would hate to spend my whole winter indoors, that's like half the year :S

Amie - posted on 01/17/2011




Oh and the best part of that scenario. You come inside, curl up in blankets and have hot cocoa while you watch a movie. A fire is nice too if your place has a fireplace. haha.

Amie - posted on 01/17/2011




Ya, I'm with Liz. We take the kids sledding, skating, snow ball fights outside, etc.

I also grew up in Canada and staying inside because it's cold is ridiculous. Get some good winter clothes and go outside. =P

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HA!!! That would require me taking myself OUTside lol Funny Liz.....
As a Florida Native, something you have to understand is that my entire being is almost allergic to the cold lol It's kinda like how people go to the south and complain about the humidity. I LOVE the humidity and I'd rather have a 90 degree day with humidity so thick you may as well not even bother doing your hair than to have the mercury drop below 40ish lol
I'm looking for inside things to do. Besides rearranging my furniture, cleaning, hoarding tons of things I think will make great "arts and crafts" projects and watching tv.
Ice skating.....that's a good one lol

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