Snow days are usually a novelty around these parts. It’s not common for us to have them in coastal Carolina. When we do have them, we make the most of them, putting socks on our hands so we can make snowballs(why would we own gloves?) and glorying in that beautiful white stuff that we rarely see.
But, this winter? I’m so over snow days. The first few were okay: we slept in, played in the snow, enjoyed days without homework, and relaxed. At this point, though: OHMYGOSH, can’t the kids ever go to school? (Yes, we’re off again today).
Moms around facebook complain about yet another snow day, another day of being stuck inside the house with the kids. And then the judgey moms show up and comment that’s so terrible, don’t you love your children and want them home with you?
Here’s the thing, y’all: just because you hate snow days doesn’t mean you hate your kids. Here’s why snow days suck, even when you love your kids more than life itself:
- Snow days throw our routines all off. Bedtime routines, the kids being in school(so parents can be at work or do their work from home or clean or do whatever is usually on your daily schedule). My kids(and I) do best with a routine.
- I’m a work-at-home mom. Usually, I do my best to get the majority of my work done while they’re at school. Not only because it’s easier to do distraction-free, but so when they’re home, I can spend that time with them. It’s definitely more challenging when they’re home all day.
- I want my money’s worth. My youngest’s preschool does not make up bad weather days. Yet, monthly tuition is the same regardless. I completely understand why the school doesn’t go on a per diem rate, but I hated paying February’s tuition when my youngest had barely been in school at all in January.
- Make up days ruin holidays. For my two older boys, the days are made up. What were supposed to be long weekends aren’t anymore and our Spring Break dwindles down, too. We travel with our kids on breaks(see, I do like spending time with them!) and the make up days are messing with that.
- The school calendar gets confusing. My boys are on a 6 day rotating schedule that I find it hard to remember anyway but when you throw in these days off, it’s thrown out of whack. Thursday was supposed to be the 100th day of school. Do we celebrate on Valentine’s Day now? And do we send in the 100 Day Celebration stuff along with the Valentine’s Day stuff and have our kids be on a day-long sugar high?
- My boys need time apart from each other. Not necessarily from me, but from each other. They do play well together but after days of not being able to escape each other, they’ll be at each other’s throats.
- I don’t like fighting my boys for the xbox. On a snow day, why would they stop their obsessive Skylanders playing just so their mom could can do her daily exercise? If they were at school, they wouldn’t even know I take it over to zumba. And they don’t need to be in the room, asking why there is so much butt-shaking going on, scaring their little eyes forever.
- I can’t read or watch reruns of How I Met Your Mother in peace if they are home all day long. Oh wait, this one is totally selfish. But it still doesn’t mean I hate my kids.
- My New Year’s resolution to lose weight gets completely sabotaged when they are home from school unexpectedly. It’s cold out and they’re bored, so we bake. A lot.
Are you have a lot of snow days this year? Are you about to lose your mind, too?
This post was originally published on 2/11/2014.