Journeys of The Zoo’s I Am Canadian Feature Guest Post
for March is… MamaMusing Online and Dealing with Snow Days.
Wintertime up here in the Great White North is always just that: Great and White. My front lawn hasn’t seen sunlight since November. A Canadian winter just wouldn’t be the same without snow. You couldn’t go tobogganing, skiing, snowmobiling even build a snowman. But for all the fun that can be had in the snow, it can also cause some headaches. Chief among those is the Snow Day. Kids love them, and you can’t really blame them. But for working parents, a snowday can throw quite a monkeywrench into the morning routine.
Every morning, before my husband and I roll out of bed, we listen to the radio. It is our chosen form of media to see whether or not schools or buses are cancelled. Living in Canada – this can happen quite a bit during the winter, so you always have to check!
In the event that the snow does affect the schools, it will most of the time result in the buses being cancelled. Schools where 100% of the students are bussed to school will then be closed, but schools where students walk to school will remain open. Only under extreme circumstances will all of the schools be closed. So if your child attends a school that remains open when transportation is cancelled you just have to figure out how (or if) to get them to school. If you do manage that, you do need to keep in mind that you are also responsible for picking them up on time, since there won’t be any buses bringing them home either. My daughter loves these days, because a lot of kids don’t make it in to school and she loves the one-on-one attention that she gets from her teacher!
If it turns out that the school is actually closed, you’d better have a back up plan in place and ready to go. You’ve got to have someone “on call”. Perhaps Grandma and Grandpa, or someone else who can come and stay with your kid(s) so you can get to work. Otherwise you’re calling in sick…
If you’re lucky and you end up at home with your kids – what do you do? Snow days can sometimes be fun and you can go and play outside in the snow. But recently, we’ve had days that were so frigid that being outside for more than 5 minutes wasn’t really an option.
You could start the morning off by curling up together and reading. It’s a great way to spend time together! Go beyond just reading and ask questions as you read, or get them to predict the ending, or better yet – create a new ending!
Afterwards, you can break out the crayons for some good old fashioned colouring. I love sitting with my kids and colouring together. We have the large colouring books and will share one picture and colour it together. They take a while, but it teaches patience and also an appreciation for their work when the picture is completed.
We have puzzles, toys, etc which we play with together. Or build a fort with sheets and pillows. Or you can tie a sheet on top of a table and the kids can use the sheet as a hammock underneath the table.
Do something a little different for lunch. Have a picnic! Spread out a blanket and eat on the floor. So simple, and yet so fun!
In our house, we always have workbooks on hand. Find an activity, or look online for inspiration. There is always something interesting and creative on Pinterest! Sometimes as a special treat we will pop popcorn and watch a movie.
It doesn’t have to be all fun and games though! I’ve also enlisted my kids’ help to fold and put away laundry, and various other chores that need to get done around the house. Chores are boring by yourself. But your kids may not entirely hate them if you are doing it with them.
Snow days are a great opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with your kids. Savour this time with them, because all of a sudden they will be grown up!
What Do You Do On Snow Days?
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