Making the most of snow days

Our nation seems to be in the grips of the Polar Vortex this year and schools are continuing to close due to weather. Chicago schools have missed a good 5-6 days at this point, and even here in Houston, we’re on our second missed day due to cold temps and ice.

As parents, you may be worried about the school days your children are missing, but worry not; it all manages to come out even in the end. Teachers adjust lesson plans, usually cutting out an activity or two that could have been cut anyway. So don’t worry, content will be covered. The bigger question is what you can do, as parents, to help your children make the most of these days. Here are some suggestions that provide a balance of fun and responsibility:

  1. Let your kids sleep in, make hot cocoa, and watch movies. If you have snow, get them out there building snowmen and walloping each other with snowballs. That’s what these days are all about.
  2. Once they’ve expended some energy having fun, talk to them about what they can do now to make their lives easier tomorrow at school. Is there a paper they can work on, a novel to read for English class, a project they can complete?
  3. Introduce them to a great book and encourage them to snuggle up on the couch and read it. Let them see you reading, as well!
  4. If the weather clears during the course of the day and you are able to get out, pop into a museum or aquarium or just visit the local library. Hands-on learning is the best kind.
  5. Finish the day with some family time, popcorn and a movie or a game.

Make inclement weather days something your kids will always remember fondly. And teach them now that when you receive an unexpected blessing, you should make the most of it.

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