14 Tweets That Sum up Parenting in Winter so Perfectly It Hurts
This week my home state of Minnesota has already called one snow day, two cold days, and the possibility of one more snow day to wrap up winter break 2.0 beautifully.
The kids are cheering and the working parents are “what now”-ing, but we all have to admit that there’s something amazing about being a part of that storm. The one that will forevermore be brought up every single time there’s snowy and cold weather in the future.
When I first moved to Minnesota (from California) and complained about the cold, snow, and slush combo that make winter extra hard on us newbies, all of my work friends would fall over themselves to be the first to say, “But that’s nothing like the Halloween blizzard of ‘91!”
And when I had my first Minnesota snow day — as a teacher — my husband said the exact same thing!
And even just now, when I wanted to double check the date of that snowstorm — because I wasn’t born here, it’s not ingrained in my memory 🙂 — it’s the 3rd search phrase to come up!
So all of these snow days and cold days and weather records got me thinking about how parenting in the winter is its own brand of tricky and requires its own level of parenting humor to get through.
Below is a slice of what Twitter parents have to say about parenting in winter. I bet you’ll be able to relate to these!
If your kiddos are little and can talk, this is you (and me!) right now.
And if you have school age kids, this one is 100% relatable.
And if you have teenagers, you get this at your core.
Why teenagers don't wear caps, wear gloves or button up their jackets in winter: the pain of getting super cold is not as intense as the pain of possibly being considered not cool by other teenagers. #parenting— Martin Rundkvist (@mrundkvist) January 19, 2019
This mom is keeping it oh-so-very real.
My top 3 snow day activities:— LOL @My Parenting (@LOLMyParenting) January 28, 2019
1. Listening to my kids argue over orange slices.
2. Explaining why kids can't eat One-A-Day for Women gummy vitamins.
3. Threatening to take everyone to school.
And this mom is just truth telling for all of us AND reminding us that where there’s kids and too much quiet, there’s almost always trouble.
Someone taught elder child that flushing ice cubes down the toilet will cause snow to fall, ie a snow day at school so now the ice maker is on lockdown after the kids flushed several cup fulls of ice down. Parenting… never dull.— Denise Beucler 🌒 (@dmbeucler) January 28, 2019
This is absolute parenting wisdom gold.
If you’ve been there – done that, you know that this does NOT feel like an exaggeration … at all!
Good luck to all the parents (and teachers!) trying to get small kids dressed for the snow today. Here's a simple 31-step guide to make it easier for you. You're welcome. https://t.co/Y5qn4KW6aO #parenting #momlife #snowday— Alicia McAuley (@aliciamcauley) January 23, 2019
So. Much. Truth.
GI virus, RSV, Parents have colds, 15 inches of snow this week, windy, below zero temps, yeah I'm ready for spring. And maybe hibernation #mommabear #momlife #reallife #mom #parenting #toddler #toddlerlife #sick #snow #winter #sleep— Toni Perkins (@BecomingSchultz) January 23, 2019
But then there’s this.
And this kiddo right here, who’s all of our kiddos’ hero.
And this mom, who’s the best ever.
I just poured some #MapleSyrup on some bowls of freshly fallen #snow and called it Pioneer #icecream & I can't remember the last time my kids were this excited about any food I've prepared for them #parenting— Multiple Momstrosity (@Sarabethbug) January 28, 2019
And if you’re looking for some fun things to do when it’s just too cold outside, this mom has your back.
For those with littles, this mom absolutely just showed us all that parenting in winter does, indeed, get better!
Different Shoveling Styles#blackandwhite #monochrome #lifewithkids #theartofchildhood #motherhood #parenting #acreativedc #fineartphotography #instakids #igdc #clickpro #letthekids #letthembelittle #childhoodunplugged #runwildmychild #bythings #nikonz6 #nikonusa #snow pic.twitter.com/Mi54NXkqKm— Natalie (@NatalieFayGreen) January 28, 2019
And ha! This one just may be all of us.