Top Tips: Activities For Kids In Cold Weather
We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas this year – we’re still feeling the Christmas cheer, but now that all those Christmas feasts are over, it’s probably time to get those children active! This time we’ll be thinking about how to get them out of the house and using up some energy in the cold weather.
Build a Snowman!
Not only is the story of the Snowman a much-loved one, it also relates to an activity the young ones love: building a snowman! The best part is, there’s no right or wrong, and no rulebook to building one! If your foster child is new to the idea, or hasn’t built one before, ask them how they’d like to go about it, and what features it should have.
Go Ice Skating!
It’s a great way to get them active and moving, and also something they won’t get up to much at any other time of year. What we love about this activity is, it’s fun for everyone – both adults and children alike, even in the cold weather! Regardless of anyone’s skill level, it’s a fantastic bonding exercise, and much more fun than just sitting together in front of the TV.
Go for Nice Long Walks
Just make sure everyone is properly wrapped up warm – with boots and wellies probably necessary, depending on where you go! If you don’t live near large woods or parks, Christmas markets are a very valid alternative, and a great way to keep the Christmas atmosphere alive that little bit longer.
If the winter weather is simply getting too much for you and the kids, you can still take yourselves out of the house, but into the warmth of a place of worship instead! This isn’t just great for foster children – if they’re interested in going with you – but also for your own children.
Just remember: whatever you decide to do out of the house – wrap everyone up warm!
These are just several ways to share in activities outside of the home, and build trust and relationships with the foster children in your care. Read some of our case studies to hear other stories of fostering families, or get in touch with us directly if you have any questions.
Foster caring has become a more natural and appealing experience in recent years. The bureaucratic rules which previously prevented foster carers from assuming a ‘normal’ parental role have been removed. These changes have provided what is known as ‘delegated authority’ and the impact has been significant.
Foster carers now have the ability to take more key decisions in day-to-day life. So when a child wants to go on a school trip or stay at friend’s house over night, for example, foster carers can confidently make those calls.
It’s fair to say foster carers were previously the unsung heroes of fostering, whose role in the daily lives of children was not given the recognition it deserved. There has now been a shift in attitudes and a realisation that foster carers actually know the child better than anyone else.
Previously, many of those key daily decisions were deferred to a social worker, a team manager or assistant director. This meant that if a fostered child wanted to go to Alton Towers with their school, the carer could say yes to their child by birth but was unable to do the same for their fostered child.
When you talk to experienced foster carers, they will tell you that changing this has been ‘the best thing ever’. It is now easier for foster carers to include placements in the fabric of their family. The whole experience has become more natural.
Flexibility with work
The normalisation of foster caring also extends to a foster carer’s work life. People often do give up work to become foster carers but you can also maintain your job and foster. Some of Perpetual’s foster carers are also paramedics, lecturers and probation workers.
Due to the responsibilities involved, there obviously has to be a degree of work flexibility – and it does affect the types of placements possible. These issues are, however, acknowledged during the matching process and before placements are made.
These work arrangements, once again, represent a more natural representation of normal parenting situations. With foster carers now able to behave more naturally, it is making it much easier for foster carers to offer placements. It should also encourage people who want to become a foster carer to take that journey. When the need for placements is going up and recruitment of foster carers is going down this all makes complete sense.
* If you would like to become a foster carer or would like more information about fostering, our support team are happy to talk through any questions you may have.