It’s the first day of February – which means there’s a whole lot of winter ahead of us. For us moms, it also means trying to come up with creative solutions to bored afternoons when it’s too cold, icy or sleety to send the kids outside.
Michelle Duggar has the added element of sheer size. A family with only two or three children can manage a ski weekend or an afternoon at a museum with minimal trouble; with 18 kids still living at home, even going sledding on a wintry day involves a lot of planning and organization. And the thrifty family keeps a close watch on their spending, so they can’t afford too many trips to the movies or Chuck E. Cheese.
But as with most things, the reality megafamily manages to stay occupied at home in the winter with a minimum of fuss and an abundance of good cheer.
Michelle writes on her TLC blog this week that one of her kids’ favorite chilly-day activities is bouncing a ball on the tile floor by the front door. “I tell you what, we have played more four-square there in our home than outside!” she says. Like any mom, Michelle was hesitant at first about letting the children play ball in the house, but so far, they’ve kept the damage to a minimum (a spilled cup of cocoa is a small price to pay for an afternoon of fun).
Board games are another way to pass the time. One of the Duggars’ faves is one called “Layers,” a sort of combination of charades and Password. Players have to describe a given person, place or thing using first words and gestures, then just one word, then gestures only.
Then there’s always the standard family fallback: music. “We all have instruments and we practice our music every day,” says Michelle. “I’ve noticed that they’re getting out their instruments more often because it’s so cold outside.” With all those children getting busy on the piano, violin, mandolin and guitar, it makes for quite a lively impromptu concert.
“It’s a very special family activity,” Michelle says.
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[Photo: via TLC]
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