01-26-16 Lessons I’ve learned from being stranded with my kids.

We are completing day five of snow induced “family time” and I’d like to share some very important lessons I have learned.

  1. Children love snow. I mean really, really love snow. So much so, that they won’t tell you when their little fingers are freezing for fear that you will make them come inside. They’d rather lose limbs than quit playing in the snow.
  2. Unless under constant supervision, children will eat every color snow imaginable. Black snow, gray snow, brown snow. Snow with dots. Snow with speckles. Frozen snow. Nearly liquid snow. There will be snow pizzas, snow ice cream, snow sandwiches, etc. 
  3. If you have a daughter, she will find the tallest mountain of snow, climb it, and then proclaim at the top of her lungs, I am Queen Elsa of Arendelle! If you are lucky, a kind neighbor will shout, Yes, you are!!! and she will be flying high the rest of the day.
  4. Kids absolutely love sledding. Kids absolutely hate pulling the sled back up the hill.
  5. Kids love to shovel. Kids love to shovel snow and put it on the area of pavement you just cleaned off.
  6. When you decide to make a snowman, the children will not actually contribute. The adult will make the entire thing. Except putting on the arms. The kids will put on the arms and then claim to have made the entire snowman.
  7. Once inside, kids will strip off all their snow clothes and leave them piled on the floor or strewn across the house.
  8. When stuck inside, kids will ask for candy every 93 seconds, without fail.
  9. When not looking, a kid may deposit a diaper in the hamper. If this happens, and you do a load of laundry by just dumping the entire contents of the hamper into the washing machine you will regret it. 
  10. You will bake things. You will eat the things you bake. You will bake more things. You will eat those things too.
  11. When you finally make it to the store, don’t bother taking along a list. There will be no produce. There will be no meat. There will be no bread. You will have to settle for frozen pizza and canned soup.
  12. Starbucks will be closed. It’s ok to cry.
  13. The kids will want to watch movies. Let me rephrase that… They will want to watch one movie over and over and over again. 
  14. Your children’s internal clock will not adjust. They will think that 6 am is still a good wake up time. They will crawl into bed with you, sit on your back, and steal your covers until you agree to give them food.
  15. The kids will play. The kids will fight. They will wrestle. Someone will get hurt. There may be blood. Remain calm. Rinse and repeat. 
  16. Cleaning is pointless. With everyone stuck inside, they have nothing else to do but make messes. Lots of them. Constantly. Embrace your new reality and scrape the pretzel crumbs from the soles of your feet.
  17. With all the extra time at home, chances are you will get cuddle time. Lots and lots of cuddle time!
  18. In spite of all the crazy, you secretly hope there will be another blizzard next week!


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