OK! So, I don’t have a ton of notches on my sled, but I have enough to share some tricks from the past five years of grade school mothering.
- Never feed the pre-hype for school possibly being cancelled. This can back fire when you do have to motivate your troops and get them OUT!
- In preparation of possible snow day(s); get some FUN food that you usually don’t have in the house. You know the things your kids tell you they eat at their friend’s house. Sure having soup, grilled cheese and cocoa are staples on snowy days. But surprise them! We will be celebrating with brownies and cool whip!
- Don’t let the day just unfold. Talk to them and “let” them decide the day. This works great when you need to remind them what they might miss out on if they keep throwing a fit.
- Sure snow days are hard on the schedule, but if you can be home with your kids; become a kid!!!! Let loose! Play outside. Throw the first snow ball. Make snow angels. Show your children that being an adult can be fun too!
- Plan for some quiet time during the day, especially after playing hard outside. We usually watch a movie and snuggle down under an avalanche of blankets in our basement.
- I also highly recommend silly, loud times! I can’t wait to start the first “tickle tackle” with the kids.
- As a mom who blinked and now has a funny, bright 10 year old, please enjoy this bonus time with your children. Don’t miss IT, while being in the same house all day. The days are fleeting friends…
- If you have older kiddos, put them to work! We will get some mad dash race cleaning done tomorrow and I am pretty sure I know a 10 year old who will be shoveling my sidewalks. If you have younger one, have them pick up!
- Take lots of photos! Do simple things and enjoy it! As for me and my house we will be dancing in the kitchen to very loud music (and serving the Lord :))
- Last but not least… Fights, Tears and Personalities are also part of a snow day. Let laughter, forgiveness, and compromise be the goal for the day.
NOW HUDDLE UP WITH ME…
COME ON BRING IT IN CLOSE…
ON THE COUNT OF THREE…
P.S. Here is a fun website for you to “predict” the number of snow days you might have for your area. Looks like 2 for Liberty!