Christie Matthews

What are you going to do if the lights go out?

What are you going to do if the lights go out?

It’s 9:38am on Thursday, December 5th and we are all watching and waiting for the winter storm to hit. There’s already reports of sleet and snow in the western part of the state so it’s just a matter of a few hours before we will be dealing with it as well. My family lives around the Fort Smith area, so I’ve been talking to them this morning. My sister’s kids are out of school. She works from her home so she was texting me asking for suggestions on how to keep them occupied while she works. I forget sometimes how difficult it is to keep little hands busy. My girls are 16 and 21, so as long as they have a phone and an internet connection, they’re good. But little ones require constant entertaining. I suggested they watch movies before the power goes out and then come up with some fun stuff to do after it goes off.  I searched for a list of fun things to do for kids and this list is pretty cool. I might even do some of those things here if we lose power. Ugh… I think I just felt a hive pop up on my face just typing the words… ” lose power”. Focus Christie… Focus!

One of the things on the list was to make an indoor tent and pretend you’re camping. We used to build blanket forts when we were little so my sister should remember how to make those.  Another one is to roast marshmallows and hot dogs in your fire place if you have one.  One suggestion was to call your neighbors over and grill! You’ve got all that food in your freezer, cook it up!  Of course if the sky is dropping snow, sleet and freezing rain, you’ll wanna wait on that one. Kids love to color, so make sure you have plenty of coloring books and crayons, and playdough.  Heck, I still love to do BOTH of those things as a 44 year old mama. Board games and cards are always fun. And seriously, when was the last time you played a board game. Your kids will probably need a lesson, because if they were born pretty much after 1992, they have always had electronic games. One of my favorite things to do is read. I loaded my Kindle down with books and I’ll read till the battery goes dead which takes forever. Those batteries are the longest lasting batteries ever.   And of course… just lay under a big comfy warm blanket and TALK to your kids. Let them ask you questions about when you were little. Tell them stories of your childhood. Ask them things too. Kids love to talk and more so, love to be listened to.

Take this time to connect with your family on a deeper, more personal level without distractions.

Stay warm and stay safe. And remember, we’ll be here at the radio station to give you the info you need. So download the station apps before the storm gets here. www.thefox1049.dom click the MEDIA link, there’s one for Android and I Phone.

Here’s the link to more fun things to do during a power outage.


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