Normally you can't get them up without fifteen shouts of "Your ride is going to leave without you!" but today, they're up at the crack of dawn, peering out the windows of your home, and frantically trying to find a radio station that will tell them whether or not school has been cancelled.
You, of course, get school cancellation updates sent to your phone automatically, so you knew there wouldn't be school today at around 5:00 this morning. Your hopes of enjoying a nice, quiet morning at home were quickly dashed to dust when their bedroom doors opened, and you heard those little feet running through your living room.
Ah, snow days. Some parents love them, and some parents despise them. For many, it means staying home in their pajamas for a while instead of going out and braving the snow to get their kiddos to school on time. For others, it means trying to find ways to keep them occupied during the day while you still manage to get some work done around the house.
Snow days don't have to be something you dread. Here are a few ways that you can enjoy snow days with your kids, even if your primary goal is to (somehow) manage to keep your house clean while you do it.
Arts & Crafts
These are the days when it helps to have an arts and crafts box nearby that you can run to for ideas. If your snow day happens during the Christmas season, why not create homemade Christmas cards for the people your kids love? If they're really creative, they could even create them for their classmates. Even if you don't have an arts and crafts box at your house, you can create something with some crayons, markers and a few sheets of computer printer paper. Wouldn't Dad love to see a huge mural hanging on the wall of your living room when he comes home from work? Try to think outside the box, and when they doesn't work, Google can offer you plenty of suggestions.
Movies, Blankets & Cocoa
When it's cold outside, nothing feels better than snuggling under a blanket with a warm cup of hot cocoa while you watch a movie. You may have a hard time getting your kids to settle down in the morning, so plan this activity for after lunch. That way, tummies are nice and full, and everyone will be feeling a bit more calm. Let your kids pick which movie you watch, and let them know that this is their quiet time of the day. If you're lucky, you might look over and see them fast asleep, which is a perfect opportunity for you to catch a quick nap, too.
Playing In The Snow
I think kids spend way too much time inside, if you want to know the truth. More kids should be outside, running around, and active. If you're having a blizzard and it's 20 degrees below zero, you obviously won't want to send your kids outside, but usually by the afternoon things have warmed up a little bit. Your kids might be excited at the thought that it's time to build a snowman. Bundle them up nice and warm (snow pants, coat, gloves, hat, etc.) and send them on their merry way. You may even want to join them, just to make sure they get Frosty's head on straight.
With a little creativity, you can easily turn a dreaded snow day into a day full of fun for your kids. Remember, they're only going to be this little for so long, and then snow days won't mean anything to them anymore. Enjoy your kids now, while the wonder and amazement is still in their eyes. You'll be so glad you did!
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