Mittens. Everyone needs them for this Canadian winter, but there’s more to think about when getting a kid through the sledding and snowman season with warm hands.

Some thoughts on the subject of mittens:

– After ending the last 4 winters with only two mismatched lefties to show for our mitten collection (they’ve gone the way of all my bobby pins), I now start the season buying about 12 pairs of mittens and gloves in the hopes that we’ll always have something until the snow melts. Let’s see how that goes.

-There are two main kinds of mittens: Useful or warm (but not both). First are the two-pack dollar store kind that are pretty much good for Fall or car rides. In the snow, they allow you the manual dexterity to make the most detailed sculptures, at least until your fingers fall off from frostbite:

-Then there are the heavy-duty mittens that are like stuffed oven mitts that keep you warm and allow for lots of Winter fun as long as you don’t need to climb or grasp anything:

But the best kind of mitten, at least in my 3-year-old’s opinion, is any kind roomy enough to put on over the car you’re holding.

– Incidentally, I prefer mittens to gloves, because I haven’t once put a glove on a kid that didn’t involve this finger-hole square dance while the kid panics that things aren’t right: 

Finally, did you know that a sock with a thumb-hole cut in it worn under the mittens will prevent Cold Wrist-Gap Syndrome? I learned that one yesterday.

Enjoy your winter, and may your mitten stash last as long as the snow.

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. AD says:

    Loved this! I also have hand mits (they cover the wrist and hand, but leave your fingers free… My office at work is ridiculously cold sometimes, so my best friend knitted them for me so I can still type and write, but keep my hands warm.

  2. Viv Sluys says:

    I love this; great pictures! I hate it when we go with gloves and the first glove goes on easy, all 5 digits in the right places. I get fooled into thinking, “Ya, I’ve got this!” Then we spend the next 5-10 minutes trying to get the second one on right only to end up with the kid crying and ripping the glove that’s on properly off and melting into a puddle of sadness… and, if I’m lucky, putting on mittens so we can continue with our plans to go out!

  3. Brenda A says:

    Such cute images! Thankfully my kiddos have not lost any mittens this year! Though the season is not over yet….

  4. Wanda Tracey says:

    I guess all moms have had this experience and it can get frustrating.The mittens pictures are so cute and describe exactly how it can be.I like buying the mittens with the clip ons or the ones that go through their sleeves.Thanks for this fun post.

  5. Julie says:

    Lost mittens (and socks) are the bane of my existence! I hear ya! And loved the sock worn under tip, that’s a great idea!

  6. kathy downey says:

    Awe,i love your cartoons brings back memories of when my kids were small

  7. kathy downey says:

    Here in our Newfoundland winters i wear gloves inside my mittens

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