I grew up in Minnesota, where all my Scandinavian neighbors, grandparents, and family were quick to say "There's no such thing as bad weather" if any child dared to complain about playing in the snow. School was only cancelled for cold weather if it was colder than negative 40! Snow days were more frequent, but even if the weather was too poor for driving, it was never too bad for snow forts and sledding. We went outside!
"Whether the weather be cold, or whether the weather be hot, We'll weather the weather, whatever the weather, Whether we like it or not."
Now that I live in Utah with my kids, getting outside in cold weather can seem intimidating, and the cry of "Mom, my mitten fell off!" feels never ending.
But when kids are stir-crazy and everyone is sneezing, it can be a great time to get out into some fresh air. (That's right! We even go when my kids are sick. So the germs can freeze. Or, that's what I tell myself...)
We can give you a million tips, to make going outside easier, but here's what it could all boil down to: Just go out.
Stop waiting for the weather to be perfect, for the kids to stop whining, for the laundry to be done. Just go. You'll all feel better for it.