As a meteorologist, I take the heat for bad weather. I get nasty looks in the store, constant questions about when it’s gonna warm up, etc. It comes with the territory, and I’m cool with that.
Recently, we’ve had stories about parents who are really worried about outdoor recess in cold weather. I get it. I worry about my kids, just like every other mother. That being said, I also highly value the importance of getting outside — the benefits of vitamin D from the sun, fresh air, and exercise.
We take our kids outside in all kinds of weather, but we make sure they’re dressed appropriately!
My pediatrician shares a similar theory on the importance of kids getting outside, and ‘blowing the stink off’. He says that it’s ok for kids to play outside, in all kinds of weather. The exceptions — way too cold, way too hot and whenever there is thunder and lightning.
So what’s too cold?? It depends on what YOU. What makes you nervous, but, don’t forget to weigh the benefits of being outdoors into the equation! Here’s a guide from the National Weather Service on the temperature/wind chill times that you can be outside before frostbite could be an issue.
Don’t push it, but let your kids enjoy the outdoors. There’s really no reason to hibernate all winter, as long as you dress for the weather.
Your kids have built in weather detectors (thanks evolution!). If it’s too hot, or too cold, chances are, they won’t want to stay out for long anyway! Sometimes, even a few minutes of fresh air can make a world of difference in attitude, health, and behavior.