Sigh. I’m writing this at the end of the 5th business day in a row in which our kids should have been in school but weren’t. Eight days into 2014 and they have yet to see the inside of their school this year. Today’s reason is mind-boggling. The salt is finally working and the ice is finally melting. If you’re like me, a work-at-home business owner whose kids have been home because of the weather, you can use ideas for maintaining sanity on snow days.
Electronic Babysitter – I hate to admit it, however when I have a client interview or phone meeting on the calendar I often resort to the electronic babysitter. Television, video games, e-Reader, tablet, etc., my kids are set up.
Inside Snow Fun – When the wind chill is -17° it is really too cold to be outside. Unfortunately your children may repeatedly ask if they can play outside. And by repeatedly I mean every five minutes for hours. Your solution? Bring the snow inside! Load up their sled with the awesome white stuff and plop it in the bathtub.
Dress your kids up in their snowsuits, boots and mittens and let them play in the snow. When they are finished you can melt the snow down the drain fast with hot water or simply let it melt in the heat of the indoors. And best yet? They can take their wet clothes off in the bathroom without tracking snow through the rest of your house.
Hide and Go Seek – What kid doesn’t like a game of Hide and Go Seek, especially when Mom and/or Dad are playing? You know you’re the champion when it comes to finding the best hiding spot, so take your smartphone along for the long wait you have to be found. Be sure to turn all your tones off, however, or you will be discovered right away. I know I, Kim, am the Queen of Hide and Go Seek around here, just because the boys never think to look for me in the kitchen or bathroom cabinets.
Inside Magical Fort – What’s the worse that can happen if you take all the cushions off your couch and let the kids build a fort out of them? Give them a couple flashlights, a stack of construction and some packing tape and they can decorate the inside to their heart’s content.
If you’ve never seen it, in the movie “The Holiday”, Cameron Diaz is invited inside the fort of her beau’s daughters. Decorated magnificently with glittered up stars and other decorations, the fort would be any girl’s dream, including my own!
Busy Work – Depending on how old your children are, they may occasionally ask if they can work with you. While you probably can’t give them real work to do, you can certainly print out some entertaining worksheets and give them your highlighters and staplers to make their work look super snazzy and professional.
Do you have other ideas for maintaining sanity on snow days? We’d love to know! Please leave your comments below.
Kim Sutton is the Managing Partner and Chief Everything Officer of The Sutton Companies, including Sutton Strategic Solutions and Sutton Creative Studios. She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture.
An avid reader and passionate learner, Kim is constantly researching, studying and developing business improvement strategies. When it comes to client work, Kim especially enjoys helping her clients develop innovative marketing strategies and sales funnels, particularly when they are using Infusionsoft to automate all the heavy lifting. To find out how you can further develop your company’s marketing and automation strategies schedule a 1-hour Business Boost Strategy Session by clicking here.
In her free-time, Kim cherishes the time she gets to spend with her husband, Dave (her business partner), and five children. She also enjoys reading, knitting, writing and playing video games.
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