Perfect Snow Day for Children

So you are stuck at home with all the kids, as the school closed for a snow day.  If you are smart, you already have hot chocolate mix in the pantry.

Remember snow days, when you were a child? What more information do you need, to keep the children occupied and happy?  Go back and remember.  Did you wake up in the middle of the night and marvel at the glow outside?  Did you have butterflies in your stomach, anxious to get outside and play in the snow? Things haven’t changed all that much.

The first thing on your mind should be a good breakfast because your kids are chomping at the bit to get outside and burn off every calorie.  Promise them a special lunch so that when the time comes, it won’t be so hard to convince them it’s time to come in.  Children are odd that way, they don’t like interruptions but when they’ve been forewarned, they seem to accept it better.

Two hours is a good rule of thumb.  After two hours of play in the snow, it would be wise to call them in for a snack and to warm up. If your kids are anything like the majority, they will want to stay outside as long as you will let them so let them know this is only a break and not a permanent situation.  They can go out again, after warming up.

Let’s face it, on snow day you are not going to get much of anything done, aside from keeping peace in the house so enjoy the day with them. After all, we only live once so why not throw caution to the wind and join the kids in building a snow man.

A great lunch is a warm lunch and today is special. Soup always goes over and it’s easy to prepare so why not do some soup and peanut butter on a slice of bread? Make sure your children find something to do for about a half hour after lunch, as their little stomachs need time to digest.

Do you happen to remember wet mittens in the snow? It’s highly suggested for you to arm the kids with ski gloves, as they keep dry much longer.  The same with shoes, they need something that will not get wet too soon.

There is a benefit for mom, as playing in the snow takes a lot of energy and after a morning of romping, it’s most likely the kids will fall asleep after lunch or about mid-afternoon.  In this modern day of videos, the best way to calm the kids is one of their favorite movies and a bowl of popcorn.

Such a day creates a fond memory and makes the kids feel fulfilled, fights and fits and all. While it’s true that snow day brings all sorts of wet spots and dripping coats and boots, it is also one of those days when there is more distraction and less bickering among the children.

The snow is there and there is nothing you can do to change the weather, so you might as well make it one of those days you will all remember for a long time. Take this opportunity to create one of those moods that further seal the bond between parent and child. It’s not a wasted day at all so be calm and enjoy. After such a day, there is plenty to talk about at the dinner table.