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OnSugar Blog: Tips For Surviving a Blizzard For Snowbound Parents

Lots of moms like to think out loud and Jo Aaron is one of them. In her latest post to her Mommy Brain blog, she discusses survival skills for snowbound parents.

In case you live on the moon, you might not have heard that it's snowing in Chicago and apparently, the end of the world is right around the corner.  So assuming we have a few more days on earth, here are a few very UN-PC ways I plan to entertain my two sick toddlers during our shut-in:

  • Sugar: I've decided that hot chocolate, cookie decorating, baking (and eating), and marshmallows are going to be a huge defense against boredom in my home. Actually, there is some method to my madness. I figure the less I make sweets and snacks taboo for my kids, the less likely they will be to over compensate when they are adults...everything in moderation. Ok, I promise the rest of the list will be really bad and will not include any bits of parenting advice.
  • Art Projects: No, the kids can't color on my furniture or walls, but yes, they can color in front of the TV...which leads me to my next crutch,
  • TV: On today's most snowiest of days, I thank the technology gods for things like Comcast, OnDemand, TiVo and our extensive personal collection of children's DVDs. If another episode of Thomas the Train is making you want to knock yourself unconscious, try something new and slightly enjoyable like Despicable Me (for rent on OnDemand). At least Michael Scott from the Office (Steve Carell) and Marshall Eriksen from How I Met Your Mother (Jason Segel) are in it. It's cute and tolerable.
  • Inappropriate Teenage Activities for Tots: My daughter said she likes my nail polish. I bought her some of her own at Sweet & Sassy so I can paint her nails with kid-friendly, quick-drying, non-toxic polish. She's 1. Meanwhile, my son is skateboarding in the living room. He keeps bumping into my side tables. I don't care. Neither are crying which equals success in my book.

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