Today, EVERYTHING around me is closed.
- Schools are closed.
- Federal, state, and municipal offices are closed.
- Libraries and park districts are closed.
- Postal deliveries and trash pickup are suspended.
- Bake something and let them help a little. Do NOT kill the experience by over-measuring, re-doing, or faking any part of the process to achieve the perfect end product.
- Read a book together that they’d NEVER choose. You could even choose something a year or two below their current reading level. Do it just for fun.
- Make play-dough from scratch. Make something crazy or dumb. Just have fun.
- Tolerate a mani/pedi for yourself (or the dog). Bonus points if you tolerate more than 3 nail polish colors in one sitting.
- Watch an endless stream of videos about baby alpacas. Seriously. They are so cute!
- Sing along to Disney songs that you hate but they love.
- Actually WATCH them play 20 minutes of Minecraft. Do this without interrupting their game. Try really hard to figure out (without asking) why they did certain things in the game. You’d be amazed at how much cognitive work goes into playing this game.
- Ask them to show you another game they like. I watched my kid play about 20 minutes of the Kerbal Space Program one morning. I had no idea that he had a detailed knowledge of the scientific terms of periapsis and apoapsis. (WHAT in the holy hell is that? Seriously.)
- Or if they are older, actually LISTEN to the songs on their playlist at full volume. Watch their favorite YouTube channels with them, etc.
My mom made me do the latter. Not lying. And here I am, writing about it, 37 years later.
I’d love to hear about what you did with YOUR Cold Weather Day with your kids.
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