When was the last time you found your schedule shifted by a snow day? At first an unexpected day with school-aged children at home can seem like an unwanted burden. After all, how will you get all those tasks on your list finished with your kids tugging at your attention?
Every parent certainly needs time to focus on tasks and get jobs done around the house. But next time you have a surprise day with your children, try these tips to make the most of the opportunity.
- Take a minute (maybe before rolling out of bed) to count how many years you actually have left with your kids at home. This has a strange way of straightening out my grumpy attitude.
- Make a list of your tasks and prioritize carefully. Cross off or move to tomorrow any item that can wait.
- Determine to spend time engaging your kids in play, learning or both. A snow day is a great day to work on math flash cards or read a book together. It also presents opportunity to do something inexpensive and fun like sledding, baking or a craft project.
- Ask your child to choose an activity. Communicate any guidelines (like a money or time budget) then let them pick what you do together. You might find they choose playing legos, a board game or taking a nap (wishful, I know).
The Psalmist writes, "Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom." (90:12). The most important thing is realizing that time with our kids is fleeting. Make the most of unexpected moments with them.
How do you make the most of those moments? What's your favorite snow day, rainy day activities? Leave a comment.