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.
Ignore the incessant pounding on the door and the piteous crying, eventually he’ll go away and play with the kids.