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Snow Days SUCK!

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Yeah, there are many cool things about life as a WAHM (work-at-home mom) in Boston/New York/DC -- until we get pelted with mounds of snow and school's canceled, that is. Snow days comprise the ninth circle of HELL.

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momlogic's Vivian: When I was a kid growing up in suburban Boston, snow days were welcome reprieves met with enthused applause. We'd spend hours upon hours outside -- left to our own devices, nosediving into endless mounds of snow -- without our moms lurking in the shadows. When we were finally good and soaked, we'd return to the warm shelter of home, complete with hot bath, cookies and hot cocoa, all soundtracked to the theme from "Days Of Our Lives."

Sounds somewhat Rockwellian, doesn't it? My mom was a SAHM, and even though we were seriously cramping her style with our presence, she now admits she didn't totally mind us underfoot on snow days. But me, with my own snowed-in kids? I don't want to mind, but I do.

Now before you all go calling me a grump, consider my situation: As a work-at-home mom, I find it a complete necessity to farm out my children for good chunks of time in order to get my work done. I mean, it would be one thing if I could spend the day tubing/baking/watching TV/playing Wii with my critters, but I got shizz to do and need peace and quiet to get it done.  Take a deadline, add a major snowstorm and a couple of housebound kids who are all up in your grill, and what do you get? The ninth circle of HELL.

Consider this week's NYC snow dump, for example. The second I heard about my son's impending day off, I told The Hub he simply had to bring his laptop home. This helped our combined effort to entertain our kids while we worked at home -- but only moderately.

The Hub spent the morning sequestered in our tiny bedroom on a three-hour conference call, while I did my damndest to confine the troops to the remaining 600 square feet of our home, circumventing any tomfoolery that would make my husband sound completely unprofessional to the people on the other end of the line. When the call was finished, my husband took over and it was my turn to get down to business of the paycheck-bringing variety.

Ten minutes later, I mistakenly left the door open a crack after a bathroom visit, and my son saw this as a beckoning window to jump through.

"Mom, have you seen my blue Dragonoid Bakugan?" he asked. In the background I could hear The Hub yell, "Leave your mom alone!" The kid pouted and slammed the door -- but not before yelling "FINE!" at me.

Twenty minutes later, I heard my 2-year-old daughter fall after attempting a flying leap for the doorhandle to the room in which I was holed up.

"But I want mommy," she started, before escalating into a full-throttle screamfest: "I WANT MOMMY!!!" This went on for half an hour, despite The Hub's valiant attempts to distract her. My brain hurt so bad, I had to gulp an Aleve and crank Lady GaGa in order to keep plugging until I was done.

After assorted distractions like these, I FINALLY got my column out, but DAMN. Can I get an oy-to-the-f#cking-VEY?!

What about you other snowbound WAHMs out there? Any tales of woe to share?

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Laurie February 13, 2010, 7:35 AM

We don’t get too many school closures here for weather (thank goodness!!) but trust me I still know what you mean. Especially since my 2 yo is home all except one beautiful day of the week. His daycare day is my favorite day and maybe that’s bad to admit, but I don’t even care. It’s hard to work around him and his brothers, and I work too much at night. At least one day a week I can work in blissful quiet!

Kristin Singhasemanon February 13, 2010, 9:40 AM

I admire your ability to shut out the 2-yr-old cries of, “I want mommy!” Those are the worst! I think that age is one of the hardest while you’re working at home with your kids. I hope it gets better for you as they get older.

We don’t get snow days around here, either, but I actually look forward to the days my kids are home. At 5 and 8, they’re more independent and play together well (most of the time). I do so much driving around on school days with the kids in different schools, opposite directions, and different schedules, that I’d much rather have them home! I can take short breaks to play with them here and there and still have more time to work than I do on the days they both go to school. Next year, when they’ll be in the same school and I’ll get almost a full day of peace, it’ll be a different story.

Abby February 13, 2010, 12:42 PM

OK, so I’ll add my 2 cents in the comments, then. ;) The only difference between your tale & mine is that we got about 25 more inches of snow here in Baltimore so schools were closed ALL DAMN WEEK *and* the kids couldn’t even get to the sitter’s. AND hubs & I were trying to share ONE laptop!

So here I am on Valentine’s Eve, working on an article on cataract surgery that was due Fri. Fun times, huh??!

Anne Lyken-Garner February 14, 2010, 6:40 AM

I agree with you. I work from home as well. Having my kids snowed in is not a welcome break for me, it’s a nightmare. It always ends better than I expect though.

Melinda February 15, 2010, 11:57 AM

we are on day 10 of being snowed in(just got word of cancelled school tomorrow too). I love them so much but enough already dig out the schools and get them out of the house!

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