If you live on the east coast you may be in the same situation as me this week, finding yourself with daily school closings, an unintentional week off from school and a house full of people who are getting more and more rammy by the moment. Thank you, hurricane Sandy. So I am doing my best to help out and give you some ideas for getting through an unintentional week off from school. I’m helpful like that.
Now remember, one of the goals here is to make them excited for school to reopen so they will leave your home promptly once the school closings have subsided. Otherwise, aim to keep yourself sane during this unexpected time off of work and a week at home with your kids. Here are five no school survival tips for parents:
– While your kids are still sleeping, hide all games and toys that make obnoxious noises immediately. When they ask about the items later on, just shrug innocently and claim that they must have misplaced said toys. Who needs all that extra dinging and singing when you are already on edge?
– Loan them to a friend for a few hours. Don’t you like how I phrased that? Seriously though, aren’t you doing your friend a favor by giving her another child who will keep her own occupied and not complaining of boredom for a few hours? You really are so thoughtful.
– Stock up on chocolate. No, not for the kids, silly. It’s for you. If chocolate is not your sanity-saver, stock up on ice cream, coffee, vodka, wine, or whatever gets you through the week. This is no time for push-ups. This is the time for a grande mocha, valium latte.
– Get the kids to do your housework. They don’t even have to realize it. They do the chore, you give them a little (insert something they want here). Note: this may only be applicable to younger kids who can be bribed at lesser monetary increments or junk food. (I know. I know. We shouldn’t bribe. Whatever.) Here’s how it works:
You: “I’ll give you a lollipop for sweeping all of the leaves out of the garage.”
Beloved child: “Really? Yippee! Where’s the broom, Mommy?”
You sip coffee while said beloved child cleans your garage. Perfection.
– Tell them that they will owe you money if they complain of boredom. You can decide the monetary amount based on the age of your child and what they’ve got in their piggy bank. If they don’t complain, well then they are not complaining and you should take that as a win. If they do complain, you make money. After all, you deserve some kind of compensation for putting up with whining all week. It’s brilliant, right??
See what I mean? You can do this and keep your sanity. Have a happy unintentional week off from school!