The snow days. They’re killing me. And I know from the news I’m not alone. At first, snow days are a novelty, especially if you live in a place where it doesn’t often snow. A fun little day off in the middle of a workweek. Snowmen and hot chocolate. Sledding and watching movies. But then, after the next one and the next and the next? They get old fast. Especially if, like me, you work from home and enjoy your sanity. Here are my 5 tips for surviving snow days:
1. Pace yourself. Resist the urge to get everybody up, dressed, and out the door for a fun family snowball fight first thing. Because you will find yourself back inside surrounded by cold kids and a pile of wet clothes by 9:17 a.m. What’s the rush? Lounge around in your PJs, have that extra cup of coffee, let the kids watch one more show on Nick Jr. There will be PLENTY of time to go outside later. You have all day, remember?
2. Relax the rules. Maybe you normally allow only 30 min. of screen time a day. Or there’s no food allowed in the family room. Again, you have a WHOLE DAY stuck in the house. What’s the harm in having an indoor picnic on the living room floor? Or letting the kids use the iPad to make a movie or play around with the Pho.to Lab app, putting silly mustaches and outfits on each other?
3. Get crafty. I’m not a big fan of doing craft projects with my kids, because it usually ends in a huge mess and fights over glue sticks and the whole ordeal only kills 20 min. anyway, despite the fact that I spent hours researching fun craft projects on Pinterest and making a special trip to Michael’s to buy supplies. But again, the objective here is to fill the day while staying semi-sane. A couple pairs of safety scissors and a stack of printer paper is all you need to make paper snowflakes. (Time-consuming! Cheap! Builds fine motor skills!) You can vacuum up all the “confetti” later.
4. Change the scenery. It’s easy to get cabin fever after 8 straight hours of hanging out in the family room. Switch it up – do a puzzle on the dining room table, read a book in one kid’s room, build a fort in another kid’s room. Take a field trip to the laundry room and let the kids jump on the bed in Mom and Dad’s room.
5. Go outside. There’s no sense bundling everyone up and risking the icy roads just for the sake of getting out of the house, so stick to your yard or anyplace within walking distance. Hike down to a neighbor’s house for hot chocolate. Walk to the one gas station that’s still open and buy some candy. Leave making snow angels for last, because your kids WILL get cold and wet and probably end up with snow down their pants. Time to go back inside!
Other ideas for indoor fun to fill an endless snow day are: bake something and share the goodies with your neighbors; have a dance party (turn off the lights and use flashlights for a funky after-dark vibe); have a scavenger hunt. The lazy mom’s version goes like this: “Go find something fuzzy! Now go find something yellow! Now go find Mommy’s missing slipper and Daddy’s glasses!”
Have fun, stay warm, and stay sane! I hear they’re calling for more snow in the forecast…
LINKS O’ THE DAY: I feel like I know what I’m talking about since I lived through Snowmageddon 2010. (P.S. How cute is Baby Riley in that video?!)
And did you hear about those teachers in Atlanta who were snowed in overnight with their students? Talk about going above and beyond the call of duty!