Friday, October 21, 2011

Cabin Fever Cures

So. I'm feeling it already. Feva.

The prescription, I fear, is more than a little cowbell.


The girls have been sick for over a week now. The one time I took them out for a quick errand this old lady walked up to me, and told me she heard that girls coughing, and shouldn't I get some socks on their feet? My girls don't leave anything on their feet most of the time. It's a battle I refuse to fight, especially when they're just going to be chillin' in their stroller. And anyway, it was 70 degrees outside for heaven's sake.

I digress.

Anyway. Yeah. So, we're staying home. I can only be gracious to so many old ladies (however well-meaning they might be) in one week. 

The staying home thing is giving me some serious cabin fever! And I know the girls are feeling it too.

The most recent Parenting Magazine had something on their cover cabin fever remedies, and I got all excited thinking I was going to read tons of awesome ideas of stuff to do inside. The article was only one page, so not quite what I was hoping for.

Here are a few of their suggestions off of the top of my head:
  • Let your kids go swimming in the bathtub
  • Build forts about of pillow and couch cushions
  • Play volleyball with balloons
So this is a shout out to all you mamas. What are your go-to cabin fever cures?

I'd love to hear all your lovely suggestions. Maybe we can all help each other beat cabin fever this winter!


MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

I saw that topic on the front of the magazine, too, and as well was disappointed in the "article". :)

It did inspire me to set up an obstacle course for the girls in the den, though. They had to jump over a folded blanket, then go around a pillow, then follow around two Bumbo seats. It was a great exercise in following the leader / following directions, and they had a lot of fun running around for a bit.

This time of year I find myself doing more "artwork" with the girls (as they call it). This week - being housebound as well! - we've done finger paints, lots of crayons, stickers, and some glue projects, too.

Thinking back to this time last year, I was just introducing finger paints, and the girls were loving stickers.

This week I also pulled out a new toy (one the girls had gotten for their birthday in January that I thought was a little old for them...a M&D shape sorter with 12 shapes). They've had lots of fun playing with that...and B has fallen in love with the word "octagon"...HA!

I also pulled out some books from my collection (ones I had as a child), so we had some new reading materials. The girls are in a good stage right now where they're more careful with books -- although I tell them there are certain ones that Mommy turns the pages on -- and they are pretty respectful of that.

I say that to say...a little newness (or oldness, in the case of the books!) seems to go a very long way when everything else is the same. I typically have a few tricks up my sleeve...things tucked back in a closet...when the going gets tough.

I hope things are looking up for you and your girlies as you move toward the weekend! (And I'm still in awe over that lady's gall. HA!)

Angela said...

Weird that people feel like it's okay to come up and tell you how to care for your children! I'm sure you handled it gracefully though. =)

Stacey said...

Sorry you guys are still under the weather...I have a feeling its going to be a loooong winter of cabin fever over at our house...

We have recently discovered glow sticks in the bathtub full of bubbles, my little guy stayed in the tub in the dark for an hour the other night...GREAT!

I also don't really like to bake, but cabin fever we usually break out some baking. My older one loves to decorate cupcakes and it takes forever so its a good time filler.

Playdoh and painting usually come then too...

Good luck!

championm2000 said...

Em won't keep her shoes on for anything either, and I have seen those judging looks too many times...

We are going to be home by ourselves tomorrow while Marty golfs, and I think we are going to have a "tea party" and story time on the back porch.

We also have a big pad of paper and kiddie crayons so we might have art time, too.

I hope the sickness breaks soon and you are able to break out of the house!

*Jarah*Leah* said...

I like to turn some toddler tunes on for my girls Al and Sk (18months). They love dancing!

I've recently started letting them color. Mostly they just get excited to hold crayons. They know that eventually I am going to put the crayons away so they enjoy them while they can. It usually ends in tears when I take them away though but they are getting better about it.

I have also made finger paints out of flour, water and food coloring so they could finger paint. It was pretty fun but they didn't really get it at the time.

Why do people have the nerve to come up to a stranger and tell them how they should raise their children? A cough has nothing to do with whether you're wearing socks or not...I hope your girls feel better soon. Mine have already been sick twice this season.

P.S. I love your blog!