I live in the northeast so we get our fair share of snowy days. Some aren’t even necessary but we get them anyway. Whenever there is snow in the forecast, everyone is buzzing with chatter, especially in the mom groups. While the teachers are praying for a day off, moms everywhere are panic-stricken, wondering if they will survive the day inside. The snow day is both awesome and horrifying. Here are some of my snowy day survival tips:
It’s helpful when you know in advance. I regularly stalk my local news for the most updated forecast (in CT) so that I know what I’m getting into. Is it a delay? A cancellation? You had better bet on the worst case scenario and get yourself mentally prepared. You will have to fill the hours with entertainment while your children are trapped inside like wild animals. Pray if you have to and pop an Advil before you get out of bed in the morning.
Stretch Everything Out:
Activities like bathing have to be elongated. I’m usually all business in the bathtub to make the process as quick as possible. Snow day? I’m pulling out all the stops. Sure I will let you take your submarine in the tub. Sure you can bring your plastic figures and your buckets as well. Ten minutes can easily be turned into 45 on a snow day. It’s amazing what kinds of activities can be drawn out.
Get the Snacks Ready:
Remember last summer when your kids were home from school and wanted snacks every ten minutes? This is the same. But don’t be crazy. Don’t start giving out all the good snacks early in the morning. That would be foolish. You want to build a crescendo of snacking so that the snacks keep getting better throughout the day. It’s incentive for good behavior. Trust me.
I’m no Pinterest mom, so when I see y’all out there making magical, sparkle unicorn slime, I’m wondering how I can cut out a paper snowflake. If you are like me, listen up. I’ve got one word for you. Stickers. Bust out those fancy stickers and a bunch of paper and you have an instant crafty activity. Kids love stickers. I like to stockpile them when I see them on sale and then bring them out on a snowy day. If you’ve got other materials like paint, crayons, markers or glue, it’s time to bring those out too. One at a time. You don’t want this crafty bliss to end too quickly.
I’m a big fan of a well-timed movie in the mid to late afternoon. Choose one you haven’t seen in awhile so the kiddos don’t get bored. You might even add some popcorn. That’s a big selling point over at our house. If you’re feeling extra energetic, bake some cookies or cupcakes. Who doesn’t love a good cookie?
The best time to enjoy the snow is when it stops. If it’s coming down full force and it’s super windy, you spend 30 minutes getting everyone dressed only to spend a total of five minutes outside before someone starts complaining. Wait a bit until the storm dies down and head outside afterward. Even better is to wait for dad to freeze outside with the kiddos. Offer to make the hot cocoa when everyone returns. That’s the deal I got going in my house.
Snow days can be fun because we get to spend some time with our kids without rushing to school, sports or appointments. Although it can get a little crazy being inside all day long, remember that there’s a lovely glass of wine waiting for you when the day is done. May your snow day go off without a hitch!
This post was originally published on March 8, 2018