I’m currently on the East Coast with the kids and we are having a gloomy day. It’s raining and the temperatures are in the high 50’s. Coming from Wisconsin, where they are shoveling their driveways and clearing out the roads, I shouldn’t be complaining.
I woke up this morning with absolutely no motivation to start our day. My kids, on the other hand, were bright and cheery. I kept asking myself, “How are they so happy on such an ugly day?”
Well, the answer is actually quite easy. They are kids. Their day isn’t determined by the weather. Every day is a new day for an adventure. Whether it’s snowing, raining, or bright and sunny out, they just want to have fun.
We aren’t born thinking that rain or snow is ugly. We learn this as we grow.
And as a parent, I am totally guilty of teaching our kids this. They’re constantly telling me that they want to do things outside but when it isn’t sunny out, I tell them that it’s yucky and we can’t go out.
Why am I doing this?
It’s because I’m selfish. I don’t like the snow or cold temperatures. I also don’t enjoy being out in the rain. I enjoy hot and sunny days. But that’s just me.
Hailey LOVES the snow. Kenny enjoys being outside no matter what it’s like.
When I became a mother, I knew that I would have to give up some of my wants/needs for my kids. Apparently, I forgot.
Why not take them sledding more often? Maybe, even dance in the rain. Go on nature walks and explain how the plants need the rain.
As I was scrolling down on my social media accounts this morning, I saw two types of parents. The ones that seize the day and those that make excuses. Yes, I’m the one that makes excuses.
I’m not saying that we should be outside every day. I think we need to be more open to doing things outside with our kids. Everyone is constantly complaining that kids these days don’t spend enough time outside. Whose fault is that?
Yeah, I know it’s hard to think about it but it’s the truth.
We are responsible for showing our kids the beauty of the world we live in. If all we do is complain about the weather or how we want to be somewhere other than our own city, that’s what they learn. They learn to complain and not be happy with their surroundings. We are never content with what we have. If it’s hot, we complain that it’s too uncomfortable or that the bugs are out. If it’s cold, we complain about the snow or the wind.
So, let’s stop complaining about the weather and embrace it. Let’s take advantage of all the beauty around us and teach our kids all about it.
I know some days are rough. We live in Wisconsin and it’s snowing in April. I mean seriously, what’s going on?
But complaining will change nothing. On the other hand, your mood will change everything!