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It’s Groundhog Chili Time! February 2, 2009

Posted by hopeauthority in Autism, humor, Parenting.
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That’s it. I’ve had it with this tradition of pulling a hibernating hairball out of its hole to determine whether we get an early spring or …as is always the case… another six weeks of miserable winter.

What do they think the nasty critter is going to do? Reward us with the gift of an early spring? And let’s not even get started on how they can possibly know what the groundhog sees…

Why every guidance counsellor on the planet isn’t pushing all students to become weather forecasters is beyond me. It’s the only career where you can be wrong 90% of the time…and still keep your job. They rely on fancy doppler technology and cranky groundhogs.

Anyway, my autism point as it relates to Groundhog’s Day is that I hate winter and the way the freezing cold for months on end limits Fabio’s activities. Sure, I like the first snowstorm (especially if it falls on Christmas Eve). The first snow day. The first sleigh ride. But then…

I miss the warmth of summer. The pool and the beach. The fun in the sun. The ability to stay outside for hours with the kids. I like how Fabio can burn off so much more energy in the summer. And how it it’s just plain easier to deal with everything without snow boots, soggy winter gear, and the ever present salt, sand, and muck. The sniffles and sneezes. The stir crazy weekends.

So this is a call for all the great creative moms (and dads) out there to help each other out and answer the following question:

What do you do …inside/outside/and away from home…when its snowing outside to keep your autistic and typical kids busy? 

We need to pitch in and help each other survive the remaining six weeks of winter. So let me start things off.

I love to cook with my kids. And in the winter, I love to use the crockpot. It’s so easy. Just chop up a few veggies and toss them in with just about anything…

…like a groundhog or something.

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1. Talula - February 3, 2009

Let the kids take turns choosing and prepping vegetables to throw in the crock-pot, or help make a dessert or side dish. have a ‘fort’ day where several sheets and blankets with misc. chairs/tables/boxes can be turned into individual or collective forts. have a Teddy Bear Picnic with a blanket in the middle of the floor (with real lunch or snack). Make Valentine ‘Mail’ with paper and envelopes and a decorated box or sack to ‘mail’ them to other family members – and ‘read’ them after dinner. Use blocks and little toy cars to make your town and go on ‘pretend’ adventures to grocery store, bakery, home improvement store, etc while talking about what you do there. paint, or make home-made playdough and use cookie cutters and child-size glasses as rollers to play with dough. Mix it up with older toys/games they haven’t played with in a while. Enjoy the ‘giggles’!


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