Be prepared for days at home when the temps are c-c-c-old and the kids want to go out in the white stuff. Post a few “rules” for them and go over it together. Go with them or be sure one of your friends or neighbors will be there, too. Of course, it’s ALWAYS more fun if Mom and Dad go!
Things to Say to Kids
- Use bathroom before you dress for the cold
- Dress in three layers on your chest before putting on your coat
- Wear wool socks
- Wear waterproof outer layer/gloves/hat
- Stay together with your group!
- No walking on ponds that look frozen -- It takes a week or more of deep freeze temps for ponds to melt in our area
- Discuss safety tips with all kids + adults who are going sledding
Educate sledders with these tips from Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt:
- Always sled with an adult present.
- Never exceed the number of riders recommended for the product.
- Always sled facing forward, feet first rather than head first.
- Keep sleds unattached from each other and from vehicles.
- Practice stopping and turning the sled using your feet.
- Take turns. Don’t start sledding if someone else is in the pathway.
- Do not sled off the designated course
- Choose a sledding environment that is essential for everyone's safety
• Apply a thin layer of Vaseline to your child's face for a protective barrier against chaffing
• Apply chapstick on kids
• If it's sunny out, apply sunscreen to kids who need it
• Check kids before they leave the house
• Be mentally prepared for in-and-out kids
• Tumble towels in the dryer so the kids can warm up with them when they come home
• Tumble wet clothes in the dryer so the kids can put them back on again
• Place a mat or blanket down by the door the kids come in and out of for boots, etc.
- Use your own backyard to teach kids about sleds
- Pull little ones around on a saucer, working up to a sled
- Find a gentle slope and give it a whirl
The options may be all over your neighborhood, but make sure hills are:
- Not too steep
- Not private property
- Flat at bottom for safe gliding/stopping
- Not near a street, parking lot, fence or other obstructions
Top Sled Hills (supervision required!)
- Hills and streets in your own neighborhood
- Capitol Hill, Downtown Nashville
- Ashwood Avenue in Hillsboro Village
- Cedar Hill Park, Madison
- Shelby Park, East Nashville
- “Rollercoaster Hill” between Brook Hollow & Hickory Valley Roads, Bellevue
- Warner Park near Steeplechase, Nashville
- Fannie Mae Dees Park, Nashville (if open due to construction)
- Sevier Park, Nashville
- MTSU entrance on Rutherford Boulevard.,Murfreesboro
- Off I-840 at Almaville Road exit, Murfreesboro
Hot Cocoa Twist
Don’t stick to the standard mix, add a little twist to your hot cocoa with these ideas:
- Instead of cocoa powder, consider using chocolate chips (white or regular).
- Add flavor by tossing in a peppermint stick while it’s heating up.
- Use heavy whipping cream for added thickness.
- Top with whipped cream and add peppermint sprinkles on top.
- Use different flavored marshmallows.
- Put it all in a crock pot and keep warm.
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