Situation No. 3: You're a parent and it's a snow day
Survival essentials: Bread, cheese, tomato soup, wine for the adults, snow gear, a list of places to go if the roads are safe, and patience. Lots of patience.
The announcement comes that school will be closed! Children rejoice, while parents shudder at the thought of having to take off a day from work, or having to entertain their kids for a full eight hours.
The easiest way to survive this situation is to keep your kids outside! Make sure you buy them appropriate snow gear, but in a pinch track pants over sweatpants, rain boots, and some sort of weather-resistant coat will work. Keep them out there until they are exhausted with little red faces, then fry up a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup for dinner and hope they crash early. You'll be able to drink wine in peace, and may even be able to read the book you've had on your nightstand for the past three months.
Now if you live in an area where there is no snow on the ground, I wish you the best of luck, my friends. Like we said, Mecklenburg is a huge county and there's not always snow to be had. Soothing your child's disappointment is something we can't help you prepare for.