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3 Ways To Get Your Kid Off The Couch ... NOW

photo-9Ugh, this final stretch of winter is really closing in on us. We can’t wait for Spring so we can engage in all of these outdoor activities.

In the meantime, here are 3 ways I get JD off the couch!

1. Go for a winter walk: Bundle your kiddo in a jacket, hat, gloves and scarf. Don’t forget to bundle yourself up.

Grab a beach bucket (you read that right) — and go on a winter walk. Along our walk we collect rocks, decide that clouds look like fish, carrots and taco-eating-squirrels, hop over cracks in the sidewalk and run up and down the hills.

By the time we get back inside our cheeks are both red as apples, but JD doesn’t make a dive for the couch—he makes a dash for the art table to color and paint his new collection of rocks … that become my latest paper weights.

Bring the snow inside and paint!

2. Bake and take: Cold days call for warm baking. JD and I are a twosome so after we bake and ice cupcakes or cookies, we wrap em up and deliver them to our neighbors. There are 4 floors in our building so we take the stairs (hi, butt workout!) and leave treats for all of our special friends. Baking and taking kills many hours!

3. Errand Exercise: We replenish our home once a week instead of making tons of trips during the week. A trip to Target can take 10 minutes, or an hour if I want. On super cold days, I let JD push the cart, which totally slows the process.

We play find-and-seek in the aisles: “Find me the soap in the green box that smells like cucumbers,” I say. “We need a 6-pack of toilet paper, count the rolls, dude.” Sometimes, we make rounds, as in, I deliberately forget the OJ in the groceries section and we have to hustle back, Oooops!

How do you get your kids off the couch in the winter? Please share!

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