Is Your Child Going Outside in the Snow? The Advice Every Parent Must Read!

Filed under: Activities: Toddlers & Preschoolers, Activities: Big Kids, Activities: Tweens, Activities: Teens

Brrr! It's a snowy day and you know what that means: Snow advice! From the "experts!" Advice-givers who can turn any childhood activity into a disaster waiting to happen. Or, of course, an educational bonanza. Or both!

For God's sake, do not send your kids out into the deadly white powder until you consider these life-saving, grade-boosting, treat-you-like-a-total-moron tips!

1. Before your children leave the house, make sure they are wearing something on their feet. Best bet: Boots!

2. Kids love snow and may try to eat it. That's fine -- if first they come inside and let you inspect the snow they are considering eating. Microwave it on high for five minutes to kill any dangerous bacteria and then, enjoy! Note: This goes double for icicles.

3. Some children may try to form the snow into a small sphere. This is ideal for developing fine motor skills, but can turn deadly if they child attempts to project the ball. Nip this danger in the bud by simply following your kids around all day and taking away any ball small enough to poke out an eye, or large enough to bruise a kidney. Hint: Use a toilet paper tube to see if the ball is too big. Or small.

4. Large spheres of snow can be balanced atop one another to form a "snow person." (Try to avoid the phrase "snow man," because little girls are people, too!) Making a snow person can foster a sense of accomplishment, which fosters self-esteem, which has been shown to foster better test scores. That is, until the day the snow person disappears. Can your child accept this kind of loss? No way! Make the rule and stick to it: "No snow persons." A better idea: Suggest building a "snow lump" instead, as it will be less traumatic when the "snow lump" melts.

5. Sledding? Just make sure the kids are wearing helmets, knee pads, mouth guards, goggles, lip balm, hand warmers, long underwear and a non-stocking cap, as long caps can get tangled in the razor-sharp blades of the sled, which could then slide over your child's throat. Ouchie! Safety first: It's also not a bad idea to mount a video camera at the back of the sled for when your child is backing up.

6. Have you ever told your kids about the time you made your own igloo? Tip: Don't.

7. Remind the children of their No. 1 job: Have fun! When they come back inside 3-4 minutes later, warm them up with hot cocoa. Good idea: To avoid mouth trauma, instead of a marshmallow, use an ice cube!

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.