Get outside, Family!

Get outside, Family!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Make the most of a snow day

It's a snow day here, and everyone is happy to not have school. But to go out and play in the cold? Not so much. At least not while favorite TV shows are on and minecraft is available on mom's smart phone. So I came up with the following kick to get my kids outside. They will thank me later. 
1. Screens off. Sorry, guys, but if you stay indoors today you won't be on your devices. Or the Television. Or Netlfix, Wii or DS. I started a two-hour online anti-virus checkup on my son's laptop to tie that up, too, so he can't retreat to his room to do "school work", a euphemism for watch YouTube videos. 
2. Indoor chore list. If you must be inside, boys, I've got a lot things that need done. Laundry. Closet organizing. Toilets. And if you start fighting out there so that I have to call you in and break it up, the chores will be inside waiting. 
3. Join them. A snow day is a great chance for my kids to get the unstructured, outdoor free play time with their peers that they otherwise get so little of, and so I like to stay out of it and let them be with their neighbors and each other. On the other hand, I want to be a role model and show them that I, too, like to be outside on a snowy day. So later on I will be out chucking a snowball or two. Maybe building a snow shelter. But by that time, they won't need me to be out there. When I called them in for a lunch a few minutes ago they were making plans to sled after they eat. So I will probably end up shoveling the driveway, alone. 
And that is my plan. Once outside, they almost always want to stay. 

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