The Greater Cincinnati area is supposed to turn into a wintry wonderland again this weekend, just ahead of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which means a 3-day, snowed-in weekend for most kids and their parents.
Snow days are the bane of some parents’ existence.
The thought of being stuck inside with kids for an unknown amount of time is exhausting.
There are things to do — work, cleaning, cooking, social media — that are ten times harder to do when kids are around. But, if you spend a little time on the front end with your kids, you’ll find your snow days will run more smoothly.
You don’t have to be a Pinterest parent to spend quality time with your kids. Simple things that don't require crafts of any kind are perfectly acceptable.
Here’s a list of 20 things to get you through your snowed-in weekend:
Commit to putting away your phones & tablets for at least 1 hour every day of your snow-filled weekend to enjoy family time. Have fun and be safe if you're driving around Cincinnati this weekend!
This video explains a VERY simple calming activity for all ages. Use it for anxiety, depression, anger, confusion, and everything in between!
And don't think you adults are too old for this! Anyone can participate. So, roll up your sleeves and dig in!
Maybe you know you're stressed or anxious and you're looking for ways to reduce your anxiety. Maybe you're not sure if you're anxious, but people around you have told you to "calm down" or "chill out" and you're looking for ways to do that.
Look no further.
This list, while likely nothing new to you, contains proven methods for calming the sympathetic nervous system (the part of your brain and body responsible for releasing stress chemicals) and getting you on your way to chill town.
Taking time to relieve stress might just add years to your life. And, even if you're not stressed, doing the things listed above can add to your overall wellness. Doesn't matter if you choose just one or decide to tackle the whole list, if you create a consistent routine -- preferably daily, but as many days as you can -- you'll be on your way to cool-as-a-cucumber status.