You hate to see it.
The local news is telling everyone to prepare for Snowmageddon. The grocery stores are filled with doomsday preppers snatching bread, milk, and eggs off the shelves as though they’re about to cook their last meals.
And there you are; the warrior work-at-home mama, mentally preparing yourself for the inevitable.
A snow day!
As a child you lived for snow days and the chance to sleep in instead of waking up at the crack of dawn to catch the school bus. As a parent—a work at home parent—you feel like your own version of a doomsday prepper.
The kids are going to be home … during the day … at a time you’re supposed to be working in peace! They’re going to eat a week’s worth of food in one day. They’re going to fight. Man, are they going to fight! Every light in the house is going to be left on and, depending on their ages, they’re probably going to want to run outside to play in the snow just to come back in 10 minutes later and drop their wet boots on your nice clean dry carpet or freshly mopped kitchen floor (and Heaven help you if you’re the owner of a dog that likes to run after the kids. Heaven help you!).
But, fret not, my fellow WAHM! In solidarity and reverence for the institute of motherhood, I bring you survival tips to get you through the day unscathed (NOTE: These tips do not include day drinking, but if you do, I won’t judge).
Work-At-Home Mom ‘Snowvival’ Tips
- Give Your Clients/Customers a Heads-Up
Depending on your children’s ages, their being home during the day may disrupt your routine a bit. If you have clients/customers waiting on updates or completed projects, send out a quick mass email letting them know that, due to the weather, Mom Duty calls and there may be a delay in getting their projects completed that day. Let them know that you haven’t forgotten about them and that their needs are important to you and don’t forget to include a realistic time frame by which they can expect another update or their project completed.
- Don’t Sleep In
You may be tempted to sleep in along with the kids, but don’t. This is probably going to be a long day. So, go ahead and get up before the kids. Check your list of to-dos. Have a cup of coffee or a delicious smoothie. Whatever you do, just enjoy the peace and quiet before the shenanigans commence.
- Make Time for the Kids
Remember that they’re why you do what you do. Make their favorite breakfast and eat it with them. Use the time to explain that, even though they’re out of school for the day, you will still have to work. Consider making a deal with them. If they can give you a certain amount of uninterrupted hours, you’ll close for business early and spend the rest of the day with them. This will remind them that they matter to you and teach them how to prioritize their own responsibilities.
- Be Grateful
Snow days aren’t convenient. But, even though you might be frustrated, find reasons to be grateful. Think of the example that you’re setting for your children and be glad that they get to see you in action for a change. Write your reasons to be grateful in a gratitude journal or on your workspace whiteboard. Refer to them periodically should the day take a turn and you become frazzled and frustrated.
- Remember You’ve Got This
You’re a badass warrior. You’ve made a whole person in your lady parts! You have been pooped on, peed on, puked on, drooled on. You’re the judge and the jury. You’re the goddess problem solver who always seems to have the solution to their dilemma. You do all of that and then some and still have the moxie to run a business. What’s a little snow day to you?
- You’ve got this, Mama!