10 Reasons Winter Stinks

Being a Mom 29

Winter. It seems so romantic in movies; the snowflakes delicately cascading down from the sky and skaters navigating figure eights over frozen water. Every year, I get excited as Thanksgiving draws to a close for cold weather, hot chocolate, and the smell of flames in the fireplace. And then winter arrives, and I wonder what the hell I was thinking. It sucks! Let's take a look at why, shall we?

1. Coats. Why is it that children refuse to wear coats? My daughter hates the puffiness. My son hasn't mastered the zipper. They can't buckle themselves in with the added bulk. It's a battle each and every morning and I'm beginning to wonder if it's even worth it.

2. Gloves. Five spots for five fingers. You wouldn't think this would add up to disaster, but somehow for young children, it does. Plus, like socks, we just can't manage to keep a single pair together.

3. Getting Out the Door. I am not usually a late person, but I forget to add an extra 20 minutes to each and every day.

4. Dry Skin. My elbows. My knees. My lips. My hands. I'm grossing even myself out.

5. Sickness. I forget what it's like to feel 100 percent. I forget what it's like not to have sleeves covered in snot and little ones hacking through the night. Health? What's that, again?

6. Messy Floors. My poor wood floors have lost their luster thanks to street salt and are now home to tracks of shoes of all shapes and sizes.

7. The Darkness. My most productive time of day is once the kids are tucked in and asleep for the night. The problem is that when it gets dark at 5, I'm ready to join them in bed at 8:30.

8. Black Ice. Ice is bad enough, but the hidden ice that causes car skidding and tumbles down front steps? It's evil.

9. Sledding. Sure, it's fun. Fun, if you like risking injury, blindness, and ER visits for your children.

10. Snow days. One is mildly fun. More than one? Not so much. A week of them? Hell on earth.

What about you? Do you love winter or hate it?

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nonmember avatar Jana

I agree. I never look forward to it. It simply blows. (And not in a good way.)

Amber Page

I'm with you in the Hate It column. Everything about it. Especially the sickness. And, the lack of sun, even when it's daylight. That just bites.

Rebec... RebeccaJill

I hate winter too.  There is absolutely nothing I like about it.  Great post...reminds me of why I left New England.

LoriA... LoriAnn87

I don't mind the winter at all but i like all the season.

nonmember avatar Jen

Hate it. Once Christmas and my son's birthday is over, winter should be too.

Tara Dukaczewicz

in my case because i have an infant, it means putting on his coat , which he hates, getting to the  car, taking off his coat, putting him in the car seat. then doing it all over again when we get to our destination. if i have more than one errand i'm exhausted just from transferring him over and over.

UnAmour UnAmour

I hate to admit, all these things do suck about winter, especially the health aspect. I'm just now trying to get over a cold (ick). But, I do love wintertime, especially those mornings where the frost is stuck to everything & the world is white & beautiful for a little while. I guess the little things add up & make it worth while for me. But this list made me chuckle & nod in agreement.

sodapple sodapple

i like it, even if i have to fight my kids for the coats. for me it's like i'm waiting for spring but wishing the cold weather won't end. i'm not like those people that say i hate winter i like summer and when summer comes around they are wanting winter. i enjoy my seasons even if it means dreading them once in a while.

tami_... tami_alanna

I really dislike winter,after Christmas the snow and cold can go with it 

tazdvl tazdvl

I hate the cold.

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