We have another snow day. This is the 3rd one this year. For Michigan, that’s kind of a lot. I think that the last time we had 3 snow days in one school year was back when I was a kid. You know, back when it was uphill and barefoot both ways.
So here we are, cooped up in the house. Four kids and two adults and it’s only a matter of time before the whining and whimpering begins.
So what does one do on a day like today when the roads are treacherous, the children are bored and your teeth are curling from just hearing their voices?
Oh, do I have some ideas that make for a blissful snow day.
1. Send the kids outside, bundled up, of course, and make them shovel the driveway until there isn’t a drop of snow. Promise them hot chocolate as a reward.
2. Send kids outside, bundled up, of course, and force them to get fresh air. Remind them that when you were a kid, there weren’t electronics and so we were forced to find entertainment in nature, even in the driving snow and sub-zero temperature.
3. If it’s too cold, send the kids into the basement an introduce them to a game called ORGANIZATION. Dump all the toys onto the middle of the cement floor, place the now empty bins in a row and let the kids refill them. But, they have to put action figures with action figures, trucks with trucks, etc. Bonus points for throwing out broken toys. Make sure you use a very upbeat voice so that they don’t catch on that this is really a chore that you saved for them for an occasion such as a snow day.
4. If they are fighting non-stop, break out the Hulk Smash gloves and let them go for broke. In the basement, amongst the toys scattered on the floor. And also, make sure you come upstairs and shut the basement door behind you. Only respond to blood-curdling screams. Otherwise, the wounds are superficial.
5. If you have hubby snowed in with you, include him as one of the kids. Because really? Yeah, he is.
6. Don’t accept the word “BORED”. Point the offender(s) in the direction of their disaster area of a closet and tell them that you’ve found something to keep them busy.
7. Play the sock pairing game. Show them the first couple times and then feel free to leave the room.
8. Are your ears ringing from hearing “Mommy, Mom, Momma”? Wear earphones and blast your favorite Pandora channel. Me, personally? The Duran Duran channel works well for my mood.
When all else fails and nothing seems to be working. Grab a nice bottle of your favorite red (or white), keep your ear buds on, grab a book and lock yourself in the bathroom.
Ignore the incessant pounding on the door and the piteous crying, eventually he’ll go away and play with the kids.
Lady Estrogen says
I agree 100% with #5. lol.
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I’m so glad we don’t have snow days.
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LOL! My son learned from a very early age not to complain to me that he was bored – it always ended up with him doing chores.
Three snow days is a lot for you? Gee, we are wimps down here – we’ve already had about 5 and plenty of delays.
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Seriously, we’ve had one full week of school this year, and half of spring break was cancelled because so many snow days. I love snow and skiing.. but this year it has made our life so much more difficult that I’m looking forward for spring. And it’s not the snow and weather I hate, but the fact that people in the state of New York can’t handle and live with it.
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Mine are homeschooled. If you can imagine a snow day every day, it’s pretty much like that. Okay, not that bad. I do let them out of the dungeon every once in a while. Fortunately, I only have 2 and they are about 3 years away from being old enough to sign their own apartment lease, fight for their country, go to college, or force me and their dad into a retirement home. Hopefully they’ll pick one of those that isn’t the last one.
Sometimes, just for kicks and to annoy the shit out of my husband, I lock myself in the bathroom for awhile. My kids could care less about my husband’s whereabouts but they must be up my ass 24/7. You should hear the screaming that ensues once I’m locked in. Te-hee-hee…
We were off for President’s Day. Is it wrong that I told my son it was a school day, but, lucky for him, I was letting him play hookie. He was so excited!
I LOVE snow days- those are the days the laundry gets put away & dinner gets started early. By the kids! (Luckily my husband ALWAYS gets to work. I think I’d go insane if HE stayed home.)
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Lolli @ Better in Bulk says
Snow days are good for one thing. Ok, maybe two. Sleeping in and staying in sweats all day. It looks like we’re going to have another one tomorrow.
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