10 Things To Do When You’re Snowed In With Your Brood


Frozen, snowed in mom

I don’t know what the weather is in your neck of the woods, but here in NYC where I live, there is at least a foot of awful, awful snow on the ground. It seems like it hasn’t gone more than 24 hours without a least a flurry or two in AGES. All this snow has me a little stir crazy with cabin fever and basically any other stuck-in-the-house-related idiom you can imagine. Now, I could  use all this free indoors time to do important chores, but what’s the fun in that. NOPE, here are some of my patented, Locke-endorsed suggestions for keeping that creeping, snowed in boredom at bay while stuck in the house with your kid-crew.

10. Make a fort (for you to hide in)

Build a couch fort when you're snowed in

You might need to defend your fort though. Might I suggest some water guns and ice water?

9. Cry

Being snowed in is definitely a time to cry

I find that the tears start flowing around hour nine of a snow day. Especially if you’re REALLY snowed in and can’t even leave the house to make a snow man.

8. Think up epic cocktails

Snowed in cocktails

I find this especially helpful if you’ve just done a huge, pre-storm food shop and you have a ton of weird things you might not usually have. Cointreau Caviar Spherification? Yes please!

7. Drink said cocktails

Get your snowed in drank on
A woman after my own heart (photographer695)

Well, you didn’t think I was going to tell you to share these awesome cocktails, right? Tie to get your snowed in DRANK on, ladies!

6.Two words: Comfort Food

snowed in comfort food is the best comfort food

Since you’re already drinking your own weight in calories today, you might as well go the whole nine yards and eat to your heart’s content. I suggest mac and cheese or basically anything with tons of cheese and carbs.

5. Re-enact your favorite movies using your kids as props

Snowed in Titanic
Scott M

Kudos to you if you can fit this in your living room. Go big or go home.

4. Hide in the bathroom

Hide in the bathroom when you are snowed in

There is a very frazzled mom behind that curtain.

3. Online shopping (preferably for fancy booze)

Online shopping makes the snowed in blues go away

This is in between binge sessions of Netflix and Hulu, obv.

2. Fix all the random things your kids have broken

Call it "snowed in crafting"

While you’re at it you can find all the stuff that your kids have taken away from you too. I found a three month old cookie behind my daughter’s trophies during a Nor’Easter in 2007.Good times.

1. Clean the house…HA HA just kidding! Take a nap. Duh.

snowed in napping
sean dreilinger

Nap>Cleaning, and besides, you gotta sleep off all that comfort food and booze.

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