Thursday, January 23, 2014

Several Sad Truths About Snow Day #7



I love snow days. I ADORE them, always have. But this year, we have had SEVEN days off from school due to inclement weather (snow, ice and extreme cold). On the day my children stayed home from school because it was too cold, I could almost hear my father in Maine snort derisively. Today is the third snow day in a row, immediately following MLK Day, making it a 6 day weekend. For five inches of snow. I find that to be snort-worthy myself.



We haven't had this many days off since 2010, when the Great Blizzards buried us under 4 feet of snow and no one went to school for the better part of two weeks. But that was special! And amazing! Because ALL THAT SNOW! Also, my kids were so little that I was unable to complete a sentence, let alone a task, even without them missing all that school. Back then, if they didn't go to preschool for two weeks then I wasn't going to shower or poop alone or have a coherent thought for pretty much that whole time.

Now that my kids are older, they're more independent. They're a lot of fun to be around most of the time and all this means that I've gotten used to being semi-productive. My issue is not having them home - I love that. I love the snuggling and the movies and the not having to set the alarm clock. That part is awesome.

The part that sucks eggs is how we've had no coherent schedule since before Christmas and I have been unable to complete anything. ANYTHING. Holiday decorations? Half put away. Suitcases? Mostly unpacked. Laundry? Please don't ask. And do you know what my kids are like without a schedule? It's like this ALL THE TIME:

So I made a little chart about the reality of Snow Day #6 and here it is (click to enlarge):



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15 comments:

  1. My kids are only 1 and 3, and our babysitter lives four houses away, but I *still* couldn't wait to get back to the office this morning. Hurrah for schedules!

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  2. I am SO sorry! Just pack them in the minivan and head south?

    I am especially grateful to the NYC Dept of Ed: 12 inches of snow and 12 degrees out (colder with the windchill), and there is still school! Thank goodness! Because with all of our illnesses this winter, flu, croup, pneumonia, roseola, respiratory infection, strep, plus 3 fevers with no apparent cause, then some parent teacher conferences, and birthdays, I have only had 1 normal week with everyone where they need to be since before Halloween!

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  3. I know your pain. We were off Tuesday because of a Teacher Workday so we're also dealing with the sixth day in a row of being home. Except that we're NOT dealing with the sixth day at home ... my father had a stroke on Sunday so my little guy and I rushed down to see him on Sunday night and came back on Monday to beat the snow (being just a few counties away from our dear leader here at RFM) so that I would be able to get in the driveway. The forecast for us didn't pan out to quite as much snow (we got 4 inches instead of 10) but at least I'm not fighting the impacted snow and people who don't know how to drive on it that we have in VA. Now I've had to deal with the kid being bored, it being "too cold" for him to go out (I lived in North Dakota for a time as a child ... I KNOW how to wrap him up to beat the cold) according to him and desperately needing a nap still from the 8 hours of driving I did on Sunday and Monday. The scary thing is that I think they'll cancel school again tomorrow - for you AND for me.

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  4. Try being a single parent WHO WORKS and has to either take vacation or pay $50/ day per kid to get them to the snow day program. I'd give my left arm to play candy crush or watch Nick JR all day.

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  5. Got a 1 1/2 and a 2 1/2.... Rejoiced at being able to go to work today. Even though it meant shoveling our reaaallly loooong driveway yesterday. Because yeah. Teething + bronchiolitis + not seeing his usual friends for about a week meant that my 1 1/2 year old son turned into some sort of hellspawn for the past two days. What? Why are you in the cat litter!? Ok... your hands are clean... Where did that puddle come from?! Stop gnawing on the chalk! NO, you don't eat cords! Please don't dump out the cat water!!! NO, you really CAN'T play in the litter box. It is not a sand box. Agh. Ok. You are clean. You are dry. You have a clean diaper. You don't have anything mysterious/gross/dangerous in your mouth. So you're on the floor screaming bloody murder. Lovely.
    Yay daycare!!!!

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  6. My daughter missed three days before the weekend with a stomach bug. We're topping out at seven days of work coverage. My husband has done 5 (he is a rock star) - this is my second. And my boss called to reprimand me for my "liberal use of leave". My boss whose wife is a stay at home mom and who probably hasn't had to deal with a child care issue ever. Tough to not be pissed.

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  7. You guys act like teachers are free daycare. While I understand about work schedules, you guys act like it's torture to SPEND TIME at home with your kids. Holy crap! Sorry we can't accommodate you - this is why children are so disrespectful to teachers - they learn it at home. You don't always get what you want, nor are you ENTITLED to it. You have kids - be a parent.

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    1. Simmer down fiesty pants, Lydia is talking about schedules. As an educator I'm sure you know the importance of structure and consistency and how children do not do well "on the fly..." I think most of us here respect the difficult job teachers have and love you for it. Feel better pumpkin?

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    2. <3 your reply. That's all I wanted to say :D And I'm dying at "fiesty pants" hahahaha!

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    3. Martha Waltz Wewer, you are my new hero.

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    4. While the blogger is talking about unstructured days and lack of schedules, which is totally understandable, some comments are totally inline with this teacher's response. I see it on social media everytime there is a snow day...some parents really can't handle being home with their kids, especially when it's an impromptu reason like a snow day. Sad really.

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  8. There's definitely such a thing as too much of a good thing! We just moved to Texas from Maine and today the whole city shut down because it hit freezing - I just can't wrap my head around that!

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  9. Change the waffles and booze to chicken nuggets and booze, and you've got yourself a deal! Loved this list, because EVERYTHING is so true! I love snow days, too. I'll take as many as they'll give me. When else do you have an excuse to step out of your Type A OCD personality and take a break...because it would be IRRESPONSIBLE to get out and do anything, right?

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  10. I have to be honest, every day I see the facebook posts of my friends in Fairfax Co and we here in MoCo have a different reality, I am so, so grateful we decided to live here instead. I think we even still have one snow day left!

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  11. My kids grew up in Texas and only had one snow day--for l/2 inch of snow! Moved to the Northwest 20 years ago, woke up one morning the first year here to 18" of snow--and no school cancellation. Wow! It's a different world! Am not sorry I missed out on being trapped at home with squabbling kids, and my sympathies go out to all of you that are or have been. And what about the teachers who got to spend all day AND all night with the students????? Hats off to them.

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