When Snow Days Drive You Crazy

I have been seeing alot of parents complaining about being home with their kids on these snow days and going crazy wishing they could send them back to school. I actually enjoy spending time with my kids, always have, so this kind of bothers me. I’m going to help moms think of alot of things to do to help relieve some of the stress for these days and more to come.  I hope it helps alot of moms with little ones being cooped up inside.
First: small children need physical interaction which will include putting down cell phones (gasp)..and possibly pausing the dvr or cutting off the tv.
Get out the board games, create new inside games(check pintrest), maybe an inside obstacle course? Draw pics, color pics, water colors. You can get very creative with this and pretend you are hosting an art gallery with juice and snacks.
Tea parties for girls. Build legos and lincoln logs with boys. Take turns letting the boys come up with things to play with, then the girls, you know, to make it fair. Boys dont want to play with dolls all day, neither do girls want to play trucks all day. Have a time of relaxation. Pop in a movie and have some snacks and juice and pallets on the floor. Make this a part of everyday at least for an hour to an hour and a half. This will relax everyone for a bit. Read stories to them, possible nap time. If they are able and age appropriate, bake cookies and breads and have everyone help. Have them help with breakfast, lunch and supper. Learn a new craft. Like crocheting, sewing, hand embroidery. YouTube has all kinds of videos for beginners. Get the crafts our and make something. There are all kinds of things that you can come up with to keep kids busy, it just takes a creative mind and a little energy and fun mind. Your home is a classroom where they are constantly learning. Maybe pretend playing school and have some printout sheets with the alphabet on them and numbers. A little Ipad time is ok, play some educational games with alphabet and numbers. Dont make the video games and Ipads a sole source of entertainment. Alot of kids like hands on things to do.
Now here comes the not so fun part for kids but awesome for moms. Incorporate some chores for the kids that are age appropriate. Every child can learn some kind of chore. They can start by picking up their own toys. This teaches alot of things like responsibility and good habits. It also helps relieve some stress on mom and shes not spending all day cleaning and expecting them to entertain themselves, they can get into fights and arguments real quick. When they do help with chores, be sure to reward somehow. You are teaching them alot by doing this. It shows they can have a sense of accomplishment for good work done.
Now, older kids are a whole lot easier. They pretty much entertain themselves.
Doing alot of this should keep them busy and possibly out of trouble. If the noise gets to be too much, just set them down and explain to them the difference between things they can do outside and inside. Inside voices vs outside voices. Save the hooping and hollering and running around like wild indians for the outside. Dont let them trash the house or tear it down.
I hope you find future snow days more pleasing.

About 4dfarms

I am a wife to an amazingly dedicated, devoted, and loyal husband whom God sent to me. I am a mother to two wonderful boys to whom I'd give my life for. Around here we have homeschooled, we farm, garden, hunt, fish and anything else we want to do. Although I do have Rheumatoid Arthritis. Sometimes its hard for me to keep up. If it was not for my husband and two boys, I could not do some of what I do. They really do help me alot. We work together as a team in my home. We try our best to train up our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Yea, they slip sometimes and correction has to be made. Thats life. I want so badly to be just like the Proverbs 31 woman. My grandmother did an awesome job of it and Id like to fill her shoes.
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