By Christina Shoup
Growing up there was nothing I looked forward to more than a snow day. Now as a parent they can be more of a source of stress than a relaxing day off. It’s helpful for me to have a arsenal of activities for the kiddos and myself for snow day success. Remind yourself during these days at home, make it special!
After everyone is all bundled up, make a game out of going outside. Look for tracks in the snow. Take a walk. And of course, sled! In my hometown in Georgia, we didn’t get much snow, and often improvised with our sleds—try a plastic trashcan lid for an impromptu stand-in when you are short a sled or saucer.
On a very cold snow day, you can try making frozen bubbles. Mix 1/2 cup soap powder (borax), 1/2 cup sugar, and 3 cups hot water. Using a bubble wand, slowly blow a large bubble and catch it on the wand. Let the bubble sit on the wand for about 5 minutes to freeze, then admire your wintery crystal ball.
Back inside, use your newly-found time to pull out projects that always seem to be put off. Consider sorting through your old pictures, sharing memories with the kids, or adding new photos to your photo albums.
No perfect snow day is complete without something warm in the kitchen. This is the perfect time to try any long-cook recipe you’ve been thinking about.
When the meal is complete, set a fancy table for dinner and chat about your snow day adventures.