It happens to every parent at some point, an unexpected snow shuts down the schools. Here's your guide to dealing with an unplanned snow day, so you know you're ready for anything Jack Frost throws at you this winter.
Snow Day Preparation
The first step to dealing with an unplanned snow day is to know it will probably happen at some point during the winter. Once you've accepted that, it's time to get your ducks in a row. If you work plan for contingent child care, if you don't think your preteen is old enough to stay home alone
. In addition you'll need to do the following:
A snow day can take you by surprise, so you should restock your supply of mittens, gloves, scarves and hats long before the snow comes. Make sure you opt for waterproof or water resistant gloves. Keep a few extra pairs on hand, for those friends who show up unprepared for snow play. In addition, make sure you have fleece or wool socks for your children, and long underwear that wicks away moisture. Waterproof boots are a must, there's nothing worse than cold, wet feet. Also a good idea, hand and toe warmers. Don't forget to check your sleds or flying saucers for potential safety problems, and restock if necessary.
It's always a good idea to make sure you have plenty of craft supplies on hand, especially if you think there's a chance your kids could be out of school for several days.
Pull out the Board Games
If your family board games are hiding away in the back of some closet, pull them out for those moments when you're kids declare themselves "bored beyond belief".
It's always a good idea to restock your pantry before a storm. Make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand for your kids and their friends. Also, hot chocolate is a must
If a storm is coming, be sure your cell phones are charged, as well as any laptops and cameras. In addition, make sure you have flashlights with fresh batteries, in case you lose power at some point. You'll also need a plan in case you lose heat for more than a few hours.
Snow days are all about having fun
. And before you know it, spring
will be back. Make good use of the snow day and the weather by finding a few fun outdoor activities for your child to do.