This is the ninth post in a series on being part of a Big Couple through Big Brothers Big Sisters. If you haven’t read the previous posts and would like more context, click here for an archive of the posts.
If you’re considering becoming a Big, great, do it!
Just don’t do it in winter if you live in a place that snows a lot or has really low temperatures. Well… do it, but make sure you plan ahead.
In your first three months as a Big, you aren’t allowed to bring your Little over to your house/apartment/place of residence, and you should avoid doing things that will bring you and your Little into contact with friends and family of yours.
This is an excellent policy, and this post isn’t criticizing it.
But, depending on where you live and what season it is, those first three months can be really easy to find match ideas… or they can be really difficult and/or expensive.
When spending time outside means having your nose freeze off and is out of the question, figuring out no- or low-cost match ideas can be tricky. Most places only have free kids events in the summer, which makes sense, but that means new Bigs in the winter might struggle.
What’s a new Big to do?
Firstly, don’t worry about it too much. You will most definitely find something both you and your Little will enjoy doing.
Our Match Support Specialist (MSS), Nick, provided us with a folder of activity ideas and places that offer Bigs discounts, and those have helped us cope.
-Ask your MSS if they have a list of activity ideas and/or discount partnerships.
-Look to Pinterest and the rest of the Internet for ideas.
-Plan ahead. Have a Plan A, Plan B, and get creative.
-Don’t use up all the super fun indoor activities (like indoor trampoline-jumping, rock-climbing, museum-touring, movie-watching, etc.) in your first three months, especially if you’re like my husband and I and don’t have a lot of spending money.
-Ask your Little. Maybe they have ideas on what you could do (always let your Little have a chance to voice their opinion).
-Ask parents or look to parenting websites catered to your city. Local parenting websites helped me find winter ideas (and of course helped me find ideas for the summer, too).
-Go to your local library. They will usually have all kinds of events for kids, teens, and families to participate in.
-Find indoor one-time events, such as conventions (ask your MSS).
-Know that your next winter will be easier once you can do things at home such as baking, crafting, playing games, and more!
Again, don’t worry about becoming a Big in the winter too much. There will always be things to do, and I’m sure your Little will love them!
Do you have any ideas on what activities new Bigs can do in the winter? Let me know!