I don’t know how the weather is in your part of the world, but here in Athens it has been getting pretty cold. In fact we have had a few days of soft, white flakes, that melt as soon as they touch the ground. Today we decided to have a fun day with the kids, since they go back to school tomorrow, and all proceeded to bundle up in scarves, hats, coats, and lastly, gloves. Today I want to talk about why fingerless gloves are great for traveling moms.
My Mom is Crafty
Rewind to when my mom last visited Athens in May of 2013. She spent the long flight here crocheting a pair of fingerless gloves for me. The reason being I told her that they are the best for photographers since you have to have your finger tips free to adjust the different settings when you are shooting in manual (and if you are calling yourself a photographer, you had better be shooting in manual). I have been using them since then, whenever it is a little chilly out, but today I realized how useful they are for mothers.
The Nightmare That Is Bundling Children For Winter Weather
When you have a pack of children that need your help with winter bundling, there is always a complicated thought process. You have to get their shoes on before their coats, because or else they won’t be able to bend over to tie their shoes. You have to get their scarves on after their coats because you don’t want to risk getting their scarf stuck in the coat zipper, again. And then there are the gloves. They MUST go on last because with gloves on everything else becomes impossible. Have you ever seen a five year old zip a coast successfully with gloves on? I have not.
Time On The Clock
Then you have to think about when you, their mother, will find time to put your own things on, because once they are bundled, the clock starts ticking. It is only a matter of time before they start complaining about how hot and sweaty they are as they wait for you to get ready. This is where the fingerless glove comes in!
You can get yourself ready, and still be able to tie shoes, zip zippers, get their tiny fingers into tiny gloves, and pack your purse. Your fingers are free!!
Following The Trend
Luckily fingerless gloves are pretty popular right now, and come in many different styles. You can get ones like mine, that don’t have individual holes. If you are looking for a little extra staying power, you can find ones with finger holes. There are even ones that have a mitten option to slip over your fingers when you want to save your finger tips from frost bite (personally I just mooch the warmth off of whichever child’s hand I happen to be holding). If you have a crafty mom like I do, I’m sure you can talk her into making you a pair.
I also love how easy it is to get things out of my bag with fingerless gloves. Taking them on and off again over and over is annoying, in my opinion. So there you go, one more travel tool to add to your personal arsenal of Traveling Mom items you cannot live without.
I hope your winter is full of fluffy scarves, rosy cheeks, and cheerful children.