3 Ways Shoveling Snow As A Family Can Make You Happy
Winter is technically three months long, but with the snow and cold temperatures, it can feel like it's a lot longer than 90 days -- especially when the calendar says it's spring. For the most part, winter keeps us inside from the first snow until it melts. But the snow winter brings isn't all that bad -- in fact, it can be good for us. Shoveling may be one of our least favorite winter chores, but there are ways to turn it into an activity we can enjoy as a family. Here are three ways shoveling snow with the family can make you happy.
Shoveling a new layer of snow can be dreadful, but playing in fresh snow can be quite fun. If you combine the two by turning shoveling snow into a game, you can get your kids on board to clear the sidewalks. Try making it a relay! Divide your family into teams and breakdown the area you need shoveling into an even number of sections. Designate half of the sidewalk sections to one team and the other half to the remaining team. Have one person from each team shovel a section of sidewalk. When they get to the end, have them make three snowballs. When they finish, the next person on the team shovels their section and make snowballs. The first team to clear all of their sections of sidewalk wins! Celebrate by having a friendly snowball fight.
It's tough for kids and parents to get enough exercise in the winter, which makes shoveling snow a great opportunity for everyone in the family to get moving. For one person to do it all can be dangerous -- any rigorous activity you haven't been training for can put you at risk for injury -- but exercising in increments can reduce that risk. It's easy to tackle snow shoveling without getting hurt when you get everyone outside to help! Have everyone take turns shoveling so you can get breaks mixed in with your cardio. People waiting their turn to shovel, can make hot chocolate and treats for each person as they finish their shifts. If you break it up for everyone to take a turn at clearing the walks, everyone gets exercise and you'll have completed your civic duty for the day.
Be Of Service
Getting rid of the snow on the sidewalk is a nuisance but, since most cities require homeowners to remove snow from sidewalks, we have to shovel. Not everyone in your neighborhood is in the physical condition to push, lift and toss snow from their walks. For older people and those with heart conditions, it can be quite dangerous. Use the snowfall as an opportunity to help out your neighbors and turn it into a teachable moment for your kids. Take them to your senior neighbors' homes to help clear their walks. It's an opportunity to show your kids that it feels good to do a good deed and you'll have a few hours to bond with them in the snow.
When winter lasts as long as it does, we have to make the most of it until spring and we can start working in the garden. Snowstorms and the chores that go with them aren't always fun -- it's up to us to make it exciting!