I don’t think I’ve found anything worse than being in a 500 sq foot space on a snow day with a rambunctious toddler & a new baby. You can’t really go outside, you can’t really stay inside if you expect everyone to survive. Here’s what took up about 3 hours of our morning today during the first snow of the day.
1. pack your snow bag. It consists of extra gloves & an umbrella. You won’t be out long.
2. Wish for the following items you don’t have, but wish you did:
- a bjorn cover see the snow covering my Aden & Anais blanket below.
- a wet weather stroller cover
- your best snow boots out of storage (I prefer L.L. Bean boots as pictured here, shearling lined, ahhh)
3. Find a task to do so your snow time won’t last all of 5 minutes. We went to the post office to pick up a package. The post office is across the street, so we didn’t have far to go!
4. If you have sleds, get them, find a hill & let the kids go crazy! ( we don’t have that here & Evie is just too young to get it quite yet)
Here are a few conversations/lessons to start with if you’re on city streets- NO YELLOW SNOW. If you pick up snow, it needs to be snow that is white & is free of footprints. LEAVE YOUR GLOVES ON. Otherwise you’ll get cold & we have to go home! Most kids get it, but start early. With my 2 year old the yellow snow made sense. She watches dogs pee all the time so understood. However, the gloves- it was a lesson learned through experience. Sometimes, ya just gotta let kids go! Don’t be a helicopter mom. They’ll get it eventually.