There’s no doubt that kids look forward to summer and the holidays with great anticipation. But it can be a difficult time for parents to keep children busy, happy and safe in our Australian climate. That’s why we’re sharing some valuable tips to help your family’s summer be a safe and successful one.
Although it’s important to be SunSmart all through the year, being extra careful in summer will go a long way to preventing nasty sunburn in your little ones now, and skin problems later in life. It’s also important to instil the five steps of being SunSmart in your children now, so they continue to practise them as they grow into adults:
Slip on protective clothing
Slop on SPF30 or SPF50 sunscreen
Slap on a hat
Slide on sunglasses
Take water safety seriously
According to the World Health Organization, “drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death in children aged 1–3 years” That’s a terrifying statistic. So, it’s crucial to make sure pool enclosures are secure and well-maintained. Supervision at all times is essential, and it’s also a great idea to take a CPR course so that you are prepared in the event one of your children or someone else’s needs assistance.
Keep your family safe from irritating bug bites and the diseases they carry by being vigilant about applying insect repellent. But, those with DEET are not necessarily the answer, so opt for a natural insect repellent.
Keep to routines
It’s important to maintain regular bedtimes and the usual three healthy meals a day over the summer. Just because it’s the holiday season, it doesn’t mean ‘once in a while snacks’ or takeaways should become everyday foods. Not only will it keep the kids feeling happier throughout the summer holidays, but it will also make the transition back to school much more manageable.
Similarly, if you have a limit on TV or computer time for the rest of the year, why change it now? Encourage them to spend time outside, playing with friends or stimulating their minds with reading and board games.
Keep the kids occupied
Nobody likes hearing those words “Mum, Dad, I’m bored!” It’s easy to let the lethargy that comes with summer heat kick in and just stay home in the air conditioning. But a little bit of planning goes a long way to keeping everyone stimulated in summer. Try to plan activities that make every day feel a little different.
Getting out and about can often mean plenty of time spent in the car or waiting in lines. So, try to get your kids interested in a few word games to pass the time.
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