Have an impromptu play date
Call a parent from a child in your child’ class and see if you can have an impromptu play date at your house. Even if just two hours, it will give your child something to do and you’ll make another parent’s day.
Change your living room into a movie theater. Get out the blankets and pillows and snuggle up in front of the TV. Make some popcorn, hot chocolate, or other snacks to make it seem like you are going to a real movie today. Watch one of your all time favorites, or choose a new one from Netflix or some other source. Watching something new and exciting is a great way to pass some time.
Get out of the house
I’m finding cabin fever is prevalent this time of year. We get stuck inside, not wanting to brave the freezing temperatures, but it’s might be the perfect solution for a snow day — that’s if the streets are safe to drive on. Many cities have indoor play places where you can go for a few hours to let your kids run around and get rid of some energy. Our backup on days like this, is Chick-fil-a, or a restaurant that has an indoor play place. This can be an hour of sanity on an otherwise stressful day.
If you can stand the cold, go outside to play — even if for a little bit. Embrace the snow. Build a snow fort, make a snow angel or a snowman. Go sledding. Then, come back inside and warm up with some hot chocolate.
This sound really boring, but if you can have your child do some of his/her homework that you know will be assigned, not only will it be an activity, but you’ll get ahead on work for the week.
Create a schedule
Setting a schedule for the day really helps. At school your child has come to expect certain activities at certain times. No matter what you do on a snow day, set up the activities in order, on a list the kids can see. It could look something like this:
- TV time
- Play alone time: free time
- Afternoon rest or quiet time
- Outside play
Ask for help
This may be the most important tip on the list. It sounds easy, but for many moms it’s hard to do. If you get saddled with an unexpected snow day (aren’t they all!) and you have to work or have an appointment that you can’t get out of, ask a friend or neighbor to help you for a few hours. Or call another parent from your child’s class and see if you can drop your child off for a bit. Chances are, they just might be willing to help out.
Don’t forget to negotiate with your spouse as well. Many times I see one parent taking all the responsibility for child-care on days like this. Can you split the responsibilities today? Giving each of you some time to do some work, or just to get a break in your day. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We all need it at some point.