For those of you reading this from sunny California or another warm climate, I hate you. Kidding. I'm just REALLY jealous of you, since I am writing this post when it's a whopping 7 degrees outside. As soon as December hits, I often question why I live in New England, because I really don't like winter, and no amount of hot chocolate with Baileys can change that. And now with kids, there is a whole separate set of reasons why. Here are my top 5 reasons why I hate being a mom in the winter:
1. Boogers: Is this a daycare kid thing, or do all kids have perpetual snotty noses and colds until March? I don't even call it a cold anymore, it's now just standard "winter face".
2. Sick Kid Guilt: So obvioulsy you're upset that your kid is sick, so it's not fair that you also have guilt for having to take a day (or more) off from work. Or have guilt that you sent them to daycare when you knew they weren't 100% better. Or guilt when your friend, who you spent all weekend with, tells you their kid is sick, and your first thought is that you hope your kid didn't catch it! Sorry, friend.
3. Layers: Honestly, I'd rather not leave the house when it's snowing because the time it takes to put on the sweatshirt, snowpants, jacket, heavy socks, boots, hat, gloves (oh and first find the missing glove) does not justify the 10 minutes spent outside playing. Even for the obligatory winter fun Instagram photo op.
4. Lack of weekend activities: I just can't spend another weekend at our local indoor playspace or stressfully meander around the mall. I just can't.
5. It's always dark: Since the sun sets at 4:30, I'm ready for bed by 5:30. Unfortunately short days do not seem to have any impact on my chidrens's internal clocks.
Of course, there are some perks - like watching your child touch snow for the first time, going sledding, drinking hot cocoa and snuggling on the couch, and not feeling guilty about spending an entire afternoon watching movies... But I will always be a little grouchy come December, so if you're coming over for a play date during the winter months, please bring wine.