This winter, weird weather is sweeping the country. One week, your car is buried under snow, and the next, you no longer need to warm up your ride. While you can’t always predict the forecast, you can expect the best and prepare for the worse. This is extremely important if you are hauling your most prized possessions–your children. Here’s how you can ensure you are ready for a storm to hit while out and about with your family.

1. Pack a Blanket: If your child is in a car seat, it’s safer to keep cozy and warm with a blanket versus a bulky winter coat. Be sure to remove your child’s coat, before strapping him/her into the car seat. A blanket can serve not only as a way to keep warm but also a way to comfort your child. A soft blanket provides security and helps kids fall asleep if your commute is slowed down or even at a standstill due to a snow storm. You can also keep a change of clothes in the car. Kids are drawn to piles of snow and muddy puddles, so a backup up outfit is often needed.

2. Carry a portable charger/battery for your cell phone: You never know when you’ll get stuck in traffic, so carrying extra batteries and portable chargers are not only smart but safe You don’t have to leave your vehicle and track through ice and snow to find a pay phone, which rarely exists anymore! It also keeps kids entertained. Your children can play a game or watch a show while you focus o the winter weather road conditions. Be sure to add your emergency contacts to your phone. That way, if you are ever in an accident, first responders will know immediately who to call to report what happened to obtain medical records.

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Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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