So you’re trapped in the house (or for those without power, a hotel) with kids. Again. Let’s up our game today and take advantage of being home. Here’s how to enjoy every minute of your day with the kids, whether you’re working at home or not.
Start With Cocoa Banana Pancakes
Nothing says snow day than an indulgent breakfast. I’m making these cocoa banana pancakes I found on the food blog Simple Bites, but I’m going to cheat by mixing elements of the recipe with pre-mixed pancake mix. (I don’t have buttermilk in the house!) The kids are going to flip.
Plan Your Next Vacation
My favorite thing to do on snow days, honestly, is to plan my next big trip. Whether it’s a summer getaway or a spring weekend of fun, set aside some time to hop on Airbnb and scroll through some vacation home rentals. Commit to a date and book. You’ll thank yourself later.
Build a Pillow Mountain. Or an Obstacle Course. Or a Fort. Make a Big Mess and Love It
The key to having a great snow day is letting go. Be okay with the kids creating lots of stuff out of pillows and sheets and blankets. Let them scatter their toys all over the house and paint and read and daydream in their newly-built forts. On some days, I could go crazy with a mess like this, but on a snow day, the more chill you are, the happier everyone is. And you know what? Rather than text with friends while your kids build, paint or dance around, reconnect with your inner kid and join them.
Mix and Apply a Skin Tightening Mask
If your kids nap, treat yourself with one of these all-natural facial masks then. If your kids are older, invite them to do it with you. Prevention Magazine has an awesome anti-aging mask that you can mix yourself made with blackberries and walnuts. Don’t have that in your cupboard? Try the blueberry granola mask, which is packed with antioxidants to exfoliate your skin. So fun!
Schedule Family Reading Time
Sure, a family movie is fun, but why not have all of the members of your family spend some time reading together. Obviously, the parent will have to read to little ones, but for older kids, it’s nice when mom or dad and school-age children read independently next to one another. I’ve found that it often leads to impromptu discussions about what we’re reading, what we love about a character or even a chance to have a bigger, more important conversation about themes that arise in a child’s book.
Enjoy the day off everyone!