The 5 Stages of Grief Applied to Snow Days

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Parents are known for being rather hearty creatures. We've caught vomit in our hands and gone out in public covered in spit up — sometimes even knowingly — but if listening to the automated message declaring a snow day has you contemplating a move to a warmer client, you're not alone. Here are the five stages of finding out school is canceled and tips to help you cope.

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Denial

Snow? What snow? There can't be snow. I have plans. I was going to walk around Target and eat chocolate without sharing. This isn't happening. It's all a dream, and in a couple minutes, I'm going to wake up, look outside, and see pavement and grass.

How to cope:

Go in your children's rooms, turn off the alarms, and go to back to sleep for as long as possible. There's no point in facing reality before absolutely necessary, and you're going to need all the sleep you can get.

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Anger

Why do we need to close school? Why can't the buses get through the snow? With all of the technology we have, we can't come up with vehicles that can travel through snow? In my day, we walked to school when the drifts were five feet deep. Now, everyone's afraid of a little ice storm. Wimps. 

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How to cope:

Take that frustration out on the fluffy white stuff that derailed your day and release those endorphins. Shovel the driveway. Have a snowball fight. Create a snow castle Elsa herself would be jealous of. By the time you're finished, you'll be too tired to be angry.

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Bargaining

Maybe if I let them have their tablets all day, I can get something done. A one-day binge of screen time won't hurt, right? I'll bake cookies if they'll just take a nap.

How to cope:

Recognize that bargaining won't work. The tablets will die, you'll still be interrupted 4,572 times, and the whining isn't worth it. Go ahead and bake the cookies, though.

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Depression

The sun will never shine again. We'll be stuck in the house forever. We'll run out of bread and milk and have to live off creamed corn and stale candy canes until we die of starvation or hypothermia from trying to tunnel out.

How to cope:

Let yourself consider worst-case scenario for a few minutes, and then bring it back to reality. There's plenty of food, you've got Netflix, and they can't really cancel school forever … right?

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Acceptance

I got this. I'm going to rock this snow day like the Pinterest parent I am. Snow man? Check. Snow castle? Check. Food coloring paint in empty cleaning bottles to color the yard? Check.

How to cope:

Act quickly. Seriously. Move now. Do all the snow things and revel in your snow day parenting skills before the exhaustion sets in. Embrace this stage because this too shall pass, and when it does, you'll be listening to another robot call saying school is canceled tomorrow. 

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The 5 Stages of Grief Applied to Snow Days

Katelynne has been trying to get the hang of this raising kids thing since 2007 but spends most of her time wondering who stole her copy of Parenting 101. When she’s not playing referee for her two children or writing all the words, she fantasizes about a full night’s sleep, uninterrupted showers, and triple venti caramel macchiatos with coconut milk. ... More

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