Keep Your Kids (And Yourself) Warm This Winter
Whether they are off to school or going out to play set them up with a hot meal before they face the elements.
It doesn't need to be anything fancy; homemade soup or cheese and baked beans on toast will do fine as a warming snack, at breakfast time give them porridge with honey (both beans and oats are a great source of slow release energy).
This may seem obvious but there are some very simple ways to protect your children from the harsh weather this winter buy investing in some specialist clothing.
Thermal items are easy to find so before they go out in freezing conditions wrap them up in thermal varieties of underwear (vests, leggings and tights), socks, scarves and gloves or mittens.
Mittens can be more warming than gloves so if you can persuade your little angels that they can still make a great snowman with mittens on then do so.
If you have salopettes from a previous skiing holiday don't be afraid to put them to good use and always dress children in an appropriate coat that covers them to at least the hip area, exposed middles are a big no-no! Layer clothing in order that heat may get trapped between each item, and tuck vests into pants or trousers rather than pulling over the outside.
Make sure that hats cover your children's ears as this will really make a difference when trying to keep heat in.
'Deer stalkers' or hats with earflaps are fantastic for this and you can get some gorgeous cute ear muffs which little girls love in their favourite colours.
Make sure feet are covered with waterproof footwear in the snow.
Wellies with thermal socks are a great option, or even better get them some snow boots! Flasks.
For longer walks or play away from home fill a flask with hot chocolate or soup to keep them feeling snug.
Children will accept almost any kind of soup from a flask cup when out in the cold because it's so novel, so take advantage by making a homemade vegetable variety and filling them full of vitamins, fibre and nutrients.
They will love warming their hands on the cup too.
Invest in some reusable hand warmers.
These clever little gel packs are usually available from camping shops.
They are fab for freezing conditions and can be used again and again.
Just click to activate and some will stay warm for up to 24 hrs!