Doesn’t everybody love to play in the snow?
It’s an experience everyone should have at some point.
With winter in full swing, you may be lucky enough to live where it snows, or maybe you and your family are planning a trip to somewhere that has snow. Your sense of joy can make you forget that planning a day in the snow requires just as much thought as planning a day at the beach. You don’t want your kids’ memory of snow to be a bad one.
Thankfully, we are here to help so you can experience a worry-free day in that magical powder.
Here are the “Do’s and Don’ts” of letting your kids play in the snow.
- Don’t forget to take breaks
- If you and your family are having a blast, time will fly. Before you know it, hours have gone by and no one has taken a break. This can lead to exhaustion, the chance of someone getting injured, or “snow burns” (see below). Make sure to take regular breaks to give your kids a breather and a chance to use the restroom.
- Don’t dress light
- If it’s snowing, then it’s cold. If it’s cold, your kids need to be bundled up. You may have the urge to “dress light” because they “might get uncomfortable.” However, I promise you any discomfort will end the moment they get to peg you with a snowball.
- Do cover up their skin and put sunblock on any exposed skin
- The sun can reflect off the white snow, which is the same as if you were sunbathing in Florida in July.
- Cover up your kids’ skin, and for any skin left uncovered (nose, cheeks, etc.), use sunblock to prevent a “snow burn.”
- Do dress your kids in waterproof winter gear
- I imagine you’re saying “Sunblock? Waterproof gear? We’ll be in the snow, not the ocean!” Just like we learned in 2nd Grade Science Class: Snow is a form of ice, which can melt into water. You don’t want your kids’ hands becoming frozen 10 minutes into their playtime because they don’t want to stop making snowballs. Waterproof gear should have a material that feels like parachute pants on the outside, like this…
- Do Play with them
- Imagine the memories you can have (and the pictures you can take) while playing with your kids in the snow. Who knows – you may even feel like a kid yourself.
Editor’s Note: Kyle Kirkland is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.