It’s snowing here today and the schools are all closed. Yet businesses are open and many parents stress over what to do with their kids—most moms and dads work and when schools close, they have to worry about day care.

One or the other parent has to call in and use their limited time off to cover. Parents feel guilty and many companies discourage working parents from taking off to care for their children. This country does not do a very good job of supporting families. Sure we have the family leave act, but many parents can’t afford time off when it’s not paid. Parents drive on unsafe streets; too often kids are left at home unsupervised, and parents stress over finances.

When I was a kid we loved snow days. It meant staying home and making forts or snowmen, having snow ball fights, getting cold and coming in for hot chocolate. Sadly, snow days aren’t as much fun as they used to be.

So to the stressed parents, caregivers, and grandparents who are feeling guilty about not working today and those who must work but feel bad about not being able to take care of their kids– take a few deep breaths and look outside.  It’s beautiful. Take a break, go outside, open your mouth and catch a few flakes.

In time the weather will pass. Kids grow up fast and before you know it they’re busy with other pursuits. Appreciate the day and the snow.

 


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APA Reference
Smith, L. (2011). Anxiety and Snow Days. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/anxiety/2011/02/anxiety-and-snow-days/

 

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