When you think of Dallas, certainly freezing rain, ice, and snow do not come to mind. Most people think of sunshine, heat, and a cooler with cold water in the back of every car. If you have a teenager, do they understand the significance of an ice storm? It is the job of the parents to keep them safe. Here are a few tips on how to keep the kiddos away from harm and safe and warm.
- Explain the dangers of driving- Most teens will look at the ice storm as a holiday from school, if in fact, your ISD closed for the day. As parents, you know how hard it can be to drive successfully on the ice. Teenagers will look at it as a chance to see their friends. Explain to them that ice can be hidden from the driver, thus causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Also, the bridges and overpasses are especially dangerous because they are even more slippery than the road itself. If you lose control on an overpass or bridge, it can be fatal.
- Find them something to do inside- If your phone lines are down, or the power is out, online gaming may not be an option. Pull out some old board games or play charades if you can. Keeping them busy will help keep their minds off of things.
- Watch a movie together- If you do have power, make it a family day. Pop some popcorn, watch a movie, or just turn on the TV for some good old-fashioned entertainment. The kids grow up so fast that times like these may be over before you know it.
Being stuck inside the house can be inconvenient, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. When things like the weather force you inside, turn lemons into lemonade and make a day of it. Keeping your kids safe sometimes means keeping them home. One day when they look back on days like that, it will bring a smile to their grown up faces.