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Posted at 6:30 AM ET, 02/17/2010

Lessons learned from snow days

By Valerie Strauss

Snow Day Lessons
1) No matter how many snow days there are, kids will wait until the last minute to do their homework.

2) School bus stops with unobstructed curbs are more important than anyone thought.

3) Even a shovel that is supposed to be good for your back is not that good for your back.

4) Parents and children should not spend more than a few snow days cooped up together.

5) Have kids in college; it really eases the stress.

6) School systems should check the El NiƱo effect before putting together their school calendars.

7) Even kids get bored with snow days.

8) If you are the mayor of Washington, D.C., eventually the snow will get you.

9) "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is no match for a marathon of "iCarly" or "Jersey Shore."

10) The next time the forecast is for 1 to 3 inches of snow, Washingtonians can shrug it off. They can shrug off 6 to 12, too.

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By Valerie Strauss  | February 17, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
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Also - lessons from after-the-snow. Some schools (I suspect mostly private) are telling parents to send snow boots and snow pants with kids so they can play in the snow at recess. Other schools (public?) plan to keep kids inside for recess due to snow-covered playgrounds -- and for how long? Would be interesting to see how different schools are handling recess.

As for parents, opinions seem to break down along geographical lines. Those from northern climes say, "send them out!" while those from below the Mason-Dixon are appalled at the thought.

Posted by: Oneder | February 17, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Because my brother was prone to tonsillitis in the winter and his kindergarten room was next to the boiler room and unusually hot, my mother sent him to school in cold weather with instructions to put on his snow suit before he went out to play. He finally complained that he didn't get any recess, because by the time he got his snowpants on and figured out which foot went in which boot, everyone was coming back in! She asked him, "What do the others wear?" "Slacks under their dresses." "What do the boys wear?" "Huh? I never noticed!"

(In spite of that attitude, he grew up to be happily married to one woman.)

Posted by: sideswiththekids | February 17, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Lesson learned: Teachers love snow days even more than the students.

Posted by: cshamblen | February 17, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

-snow boots for dogs don't realy work
-parkas for dogs really work
-in 18+inches of snow putting up your wipers doesn't work
-having a native washingtonian as a mayor didn't realy work
-neither did secret trips to the middle east or wherever he went that didn't have BLIZZARDS

Posted by: nubnqtndc1 | February 17, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

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