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post #41 of 67

We don't really go out much to play when it is below 10 or so.  I live in MN and it takes me 15mins to get my daughter dressed up to play outside and then she is out there for 10mins freezing her butt off before she wants to go in.  I will run errands and things but would prefer to leave the baby (6mos) at home for those.  I've lived in MN my whole like and don't feel the need to be outside if I am going to be cold and miserable the whole time.  Plus, I work so by the time we would get outside it is pitch black.

post #42 of 67

We don't go outside if it's too cold.  It's just not fun.  Where I live, though, normal dead of winter (like now) highs are in the 50s, with lows around 30. 


Like a PP said, we don't really have good winter wear.  We don't need it frequently, so we don't have much.  A fleece jacket, as well as a "heavy coat" that my midwestern relatives would consider a spring/fall jacket.  For something that they wear infrequently (we stay inside due to weather maybe 10 days a year?), it doesn't seem worth it.  Plus, it never gets really cold and stays cold forever here.  We might have 2-3 days of cold, then it'll be back up in the 50s and sunny.  So, we never hibernate for long.

 

Now, talk to me about staying inside in the summer!  I about loose my ever-loving mind come August.  :)

post #43 of 67

We go out as long as it's not colder than -10 C (14 F) with the little kids. We take wind into concideration here, but it's not very windy, so it's not often an issue. (Also the limits daycares and such follows.)

One of the kiddos can't be out when it below -5 C (23 F) due to medical stuff though, so one of us stays inside with her.

And this is to play outside.

If we're going somewhere, and just going to the bus or something, it can be colder.

Living on the ice berg, we have plenty of good winter gear, I can't imagine being without and being stuck inside all winter.

 

We're generally outside playing in all sorts of weather, it's not dangerous. I don't get this whole "keeping the kids inside because it's raining" or "chilly" thing.

post #44 of 67

Canadian here who grew up in Northern Ontario.  We played outside whatever the weather.  If we had to wait for it to be above freezing we would be stuck inside for a good four months some years. 

We just bundle up....besides I find you get pretty conditioned to the cool weather.

post #45 of 67

Another Minnesotan here...I generally hate being outside if it's below about 15 degrees F, but that doesn't mean my daughter, who is much less bothered, needs to stay in.  Her day care and now her school take kids outside down to about 0 degrees F, and I will also send her to play outside with other kids and their parents who are much more hardy than me!  I'm happy to serve the hot chocolate when they all come back inside. :)

post #46 of 67

well if we stayed inside all winter I'd go nuts the kids seriously need that running around.  However we live in CA so its not like its sub zero here but it has been in the lower 30's.  I do however dress them very well for outside in warm layers.  We wouldnt go outside in wet weather or weather that could be dangerous (i.e slick roads/pavement) plus I usually wait until the sun has come out a bit to dry off the grass and such.  I dont take the baby out though (2mo) just back and forth to the car.

post #47 of 67

One of the things I loved about living in Sweden was that many people really did believe the old saying "there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing".  I do make an effort to go outside every day, it is critical for our mental health.  And now that my child is verbal, she can tell me if her toes or fingers hurt, so I don't worry about being out long in the cold.  If it's under 15F, her hands can get cold if she's not being super active - but if she had any thicker mittens, she wouldn't be able to move.  So I guess it's hand temperature that limits our time outside - but putting the mittens on the radiator a bit before heading out helps a lot.

post #48 of 67

I am originally from Russia and now live in New England. I was unfortunately not given the opportunity to be conditioned to the winters when I was a child, now I'm always cold, no matter what I wear. I try to get outside with my two year old if it is slightly below freezing or warmer. When it is above 40, we practically live outside, we love the outdoors. Two weeks ago I was feeling adventurous and took my daughter and husband outside in a blizzard to sled in our neighborhood (I can't quite explain where my common sense was). Now we've been sick with a cold for 2+ weeks. So we're taking it easy, but I miss the fresh air! As soon as it is more or less above freezing and the sun is out, we'll be outside :)

post #49 of 67

We go outside regularly unless it's a full-on deluge or white-out.  DS seems to be invigorated by it, as are we.  We are able to bundle him up very well except for his face and his little hands get cold with wool mittens and hidden inside the long sleeve of his fleece bodysuit and/or snowsuit.  Any advice?

post #50 of 67

My husband (grew up in Denmark & Utah, winter backpacking afficianado) says that there's no such thing as bad weather, just insufficient gear.  We are out in all kinds of weather, but I really do think that having the right clothes makes all the difference!  Most of our best stuff has been hand-me downs, but we always supplement when needed -- DS1 got really good winter boots, wicking long underwear, and snow gloves under the tree for xmas.  DS2 got felted wool legging that I made out of an old sweater.  DH & I also have good, warm, waterproof stuff.  I think parents tend to neglect their own warm gear & need to go in even before the kids do.  All that being said, my toddler really doesn't like strong winds.  We still go out, but he won't stay out too long if the wind is really blowing.  DS1, though, could spend the entire day outside, regardless of the weather.  

 

Cold, windy, dry is a little tough.  We take walks places or head to the woods for a hike.  But we love snow!  Instant plaything, sledding, shoveling, snowforts, Yay!

post #51 of 67
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Canadian here who grew up in Northern Ontario.  We played outside whatever the weather.  If we had to wait for it to be above freezing we would be stuck inside for a good four months some years. 

We just bundle up....besides I find you get pretty conditioned to the cool weather.


I laugh when I see these threads because what do people like that think about what we do up here where it's really cold. In the Soo and Thunder Bay it gets cold. -40 in the bay is not particularly unusual and cold weather isn't something that last a couple of days, it last months. As a kid we used to stay out late in the freezing bitter cold playing on huge mountains of snow in the backyard. It's not possible to hibernate for the entire winter. If you're dressed appropriately you'll be toasty warm.
post #52 of 67

We go outside in all types of weather. We live in New England, so if I were to avoid the cold we'd be spending most of the year inside smile.gif I just make sure DS is dressed appropriately and out we go.

post #53 of 67

I live in Toronto, Canada and lived in Winnipeg for a while.  I am quite happy taking DD out to play if it is -10celcius (14 F) and above - to me that is pretty warm for the winter.  Once it gets much below that I am not as eager to go out and play for long periods of time.  

post #54 of 67
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We are outside rain, sleet, snow and cold. It is rarely what I would consider "too cold" to be out in the fresh air and we live in New England. cold.gif I just don't get it.


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I LOVE snowstorms.  Today, with a foot of snow on the ground, my kids are chomping at the bit to go outside and play.  And when they do, it's MOMMY ALONE TIME! banana.gif

I plan on sipping glass of wine and knitting in my rocking chair next to the window where I can see them play.  It will be quiet...so blessedly quiet.

post #55 of 67


That sounds like heaven! We had a couple big snowstorms in December, and that is exactly how it went - I helped the kids bundle up and get out in the snow, and then I had peace and quiet in the house for at least an hour.

 

Over New Years, we had unusually warm weather, and all of the snow melted. I've been waiting ever since for a nice big storm to get the kids excited about going out again. Unfortunately it hasn't come yet, and they just don't stay out very long on their own when it's in the teens but there is no snow to play in.
 

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We are outside rain, sleet, snow and cold. It is rarely what I would consider "too cold" to be out in the fresh air and we live in New England. cold.gif I just don't get it.


yeahthat.gif

 

I LOVE snowstorms.  Today, with a foot of snow on the ground, my kids are chomping at the bit to go outside and play.  And when they do, it's MOMMY ALONE TIME! banana.gif

I plan on sipping glass of wine and knitting in my rocking chair next to the window where I can see them play.  It will be quiet...so blessedly quiet.

post #56 of 67
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Originally Posted by HollyBearsMom View Post

 

We are outside rain, sleet, snow and cold. It is rarely what I would consider "too cold" to be out in the fresh air and we live in New England. cold.gif I just don't get it.


yeahthat.gif

 

I LOVE snowstorms.  Today, with a foot of snow on the ground, my kids are chomping at the bit to go outside and play.  And when they do, it's MOMMY ALONE TIME! banana.gif

I plan on sipping glass of wine and knitting in my rocking chair next to the window where I can see them play.  It will be quiet...so blessedly quiet.


I have roasted garlic white bean stew simmering on the stove and am waiting for the last batch of whole wheat/flax seed choc. chip and walnut cookies to come out of the oven and then we are heading out in the "blizzard".  We have about 8 inches and are expecting another 6-8!  Can you say snowman??? Love the coldweather

post #57 of 67


 

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Originally Posted by HollyBearsMom View Post

 

We are outside rain, sleet, snow and cold. It is rarely what I would consider "too cold" to be out in the fresh air and we live in New England. cold.gif I just don't get it.


yeahthat.gif

 

I LOVE snowstorms.  Today, with a foot of snow on the ground, my kids are chomping at the bit to go outside and play.  And when they do, it's MOMMY ALONE TIME! banana.gif

I plan on sipping glass of wine and knitting in my rocking chair next to the window where I can see them play.  It will be quiet...so blessedly quiet.


I have roasted garlic white bean stew simmering on the stove and am waiting for the last batch of whole wheat/flax seed choc. chip and walnut cookies to come out of the oven and then we are heading out in the "blizzard".  We have about 8 inches and are expecting another 6-8!  Can you say snowman??? Love the coldweather


Ooh!  Any chance you'd want to share the recipe for the stew?  I am kind of stumped on what to make today.

post #58 of 67

Heres the link to recipe but I am using ham stock instead of water and will be adding cut up ham during the last 15 minutes or so. It is SO SO good, my kitchen smells amazing right now

 

http://www.farmgirlfare.com/2006/03/garlic-lovers-white-bean-soup.html

 

 

edited to add: you don't have to soak the beans if you don't have the time, just increase the simmering/cooking time.

post #59 of 67

Haha you know what I googled recipes for that stew and I found that one you are using.  I am doing a quick soak for the beans and I'm about to walk next door to my landlord's house to buy some beer from her so I can make the beer bread to go with it orngbiggrin.gif

post #60 of 67

Ohhh that soup looks DELICIOUS. I just sent DH the link & I'm hoping he'll make it for dinner!!

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