Become 10 again next snow day
This one is going to be sweet and short, because you have things to do and your kids might be tearing up carpet in the living room looking for things to keep them occupied. Let’s assume that for the sake of this blog post, you are home…with your kids, both of you…alone. Before we get into the tips, I need to have you practice some imagery. Follow along:
- Think back when YOU were 10 years old and you heard that a storm was coming
- Think about the excitement and anticipation of even the THOUGHT that, school might be cancelled
- Imagine how hard it was to go to bed, let alone sleep on those nights
- Can you feel the literal buzz in your body as you fall asleep to green grass in hopes of waking to a solid white yard…and more importantly, street
- Now, you awake, it snowed, possibilities are endless…what are you going to do?
1. Make the most of time together and “grow-down” to meet your kids
Chill out, put the phone down, turn off the TV, gather your kids and get silly. Snow days ARE magic, it’s been proven to be true. Don’t fight it, forget deadlines and live, even if only for a couple hours, as a 10 year old would. Getting your mind right is the first step because adults are way to uptight to have fun like a 10 year old has fun. Ready?
2. Go outside
This might seem like a no brainer, but holy cow, GO OUTSIDE! Time for that imagry again. Can you remember walking or driving to the local sledding hill with your sled, trashcan lid or cardboard in tow? Can you feel the excitment of seeing the kids off in the distance, or better yet…being the first kid to the hill? Oh sweet, sweet victory, the first tracks are the best. Look around, where is the best place for a jump? How can we extend the ride even a few more feet?
Don’t let those feelings escape you, because right now, your kid is full of them. Make the dreams happen, get outside, play HARD, get colder than you wanted to and rush home for a cup of hot chocolate or soup. Let the clothes pile up on the back porch or inside the front door, you can clean it up later, after you grow up. Other ideas for outside play (dependent on the amount of snow).
- Build a fort in a snow bank
- Go for a hike, everything is magical in the snow, remember?
- Build the largest snowman you can, then smash it to pieces
Shovel the snow, into a large pile, then...jump in it
3. Cook somEthing fun
The operative word here is FUN. Don’t meal prep for the week with the kids. I want you to ask your kids what their favorite food is, then get on the google and find out how to make a healthy version! Get your kids really into it by giving them as much responsibility as possible. Here are some sample foods you can google to your kids excited!
- Healthy fruit ice cream
- Healthy pizza crust recipe (I like sweet potato and califlower)
- Egg Tacos
- Healthy Junk Food recipes (yup)
4. Build a fort
This shouldn’t be on the list because it’s just so obvious. If you don’t build the most obnoxiously large and unnessesary fort on a snow day…did you truely have one?! Spend time on this thing, bring seating into it, set up the TV underneath, seperate it into rooms and add lighting!
Building a fort inside is a “win” on a few levels. Your kids are moving! Your kids are occupied. You get to show your kids your stellar engineering skills. After you build it, use it. As the day comes to a close bring in some board games or pick a family movie. Eat the dinner you made in the fort and reflect on how awesome it was to be 10 again.
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