|tubing at Windham Mountain in the Catskills|
I was talking with my new famous friend Dani the other day about how difficult life with a toddler can be during the weekends when it's really really cold outside.
me: 'We've only been living in Upstate New York for 2.5 months, and we haven't quite figured out what to do with Poppy (our toddler) on the weekends. What do you do with your kid when it's wicked cold like this? A lot of businesses in Hudson are closed for 'winter break'. So weird.'
Dani: 'When my son was Poppy’s age I don’t recall a winter like this. This has been brutal! There are some indoor play spaces (which I always hated, but are kind of lifesavers when you can’t go outside). Honestly, weekends aren’t easy. When Poppy gets just a little older, you can start with sports. But we’ll talk when we have that vino together! Don’t lose heart.'
me: 'It's nice to hear someone say – simply and frankly – that weekends with toddlers aren't easy.'
Dani: 'It’s just simply true — but parents aren’t always honest about their own experience — they’re afraid it makes them bad parents, or selfish, or whatever.'
This dilemma crept into my Backyard Travel in the Hudson Valley column for Main Street Mag's upcoming issue. The article rounds up the top 9 things to do with your child during the winter and features an interview with Joanne Michaels. Joanne wrote this book:
and this book...
...for those of you who don't use the first one properly.