Good Life

Don’t let the dreary winter weather keep a family down

It happens every year; we’re all excited about the holiday season — no work, no school, eating, laughing, hanging out with friends and family ... and then BOOM! The holiday stops on a dime, and we find ourselves back in the same old grind. With bills to pay and a long, cold, vacationless winter staring us in the face, it’s understandable that we become a bit more down and crabby at this time of year. I’d like to challenge fathers (including my crabby self) to set a different tone and show our kids how to fight through the New Year’s blues.

Action ideas

u Lead by example in trying to stay positive. Show your kids firsthand how to make the most of a difficult time. As you’re commenting on your tough day at work or the freezing cold weather, look for a positive comment or two to sprinkle in. Our kids feed off of our positive attitude.

u Plan fun events in January. With summer vacations so far away, plan something exciting in January to give your kids something to look forward to sooner. Whether it’s a play, a basketball game, or an inside playground — a fun winter outing can help wipe away the blues. Who knows … maybe this will turn out to be a new “January family tradition”?

u Build in physical activity. It’s common this time of year to become more of a couch potato. Build into your winter routine some family trips to an open gym and walks around the neighborhood. Being active gets the blood flowing and can be a real pick-me-up!

The local fathering effort, in cooperation with the National Center for Fathering, provides bi-weekly action ideas to stimulate conversation between fathers and children. For more information, or to join local conversations, contact Mick Trombley at, David Eggebeen at, Robert Orndorff at, or Marc McCann at 237-1719 or