This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks
With yet another snowstorm set to barrel across the region and cancel school, parents are again scrambling to figure out how to balance their work lives with their kids’ snow days.
Kate Kramer, the mother of two at West Philly’s Penn Alexander Elementary, sums up the general consensus pretty well. "It’s been a long January/February," she said.
Like many parents, Kramer and her husband have been forced to miss a lot of work lately.
"We’re having to stagger days off to be at home with the kids. They’re loving it. The kids are loving it. They’re loving sledding, etc. We’re done with sledding," she said with a laugh.
Every time a snow day is called, she and her self-employed husband have to make some tough decisions.
"If he doesn’t work, he doesn’t make money," she said.