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Safety and Summer Fun

Summer is here, and for parents of young children, this means planning for summer safety. Whether you're heading to the beach, going on vacation, or simply spending time outside, there are some key things to keep in mind to ensure that your family stays healthy and happy throughout the summer months.

First and foremost, it's important to stay hydrated. This is especially true when you're spending time in the sun, as the heat can cause you to lose fluids quickly. Make sure to pack plenty of water when you're out and about and encourage your little ones to drink frequently throughout the day. You might also consider bringing along some healthy snacks, like fresh fruit or veggies, to help keep everyone fueled and energized.

Another important aspect of summer safety is protecting your family from the sun's harmful rays. Be sure to apply sunscreen before heading outside and reapply every few hours or after swimming or sweating. You may also want to invest in some protective clothing, like hats and sunglasses, to help shield your little ones from the sun. Here’s a link for a helpful tip on how to apply sunscreen to your wiggly little one; and hopefully avoid getting the sunscreen in their eyes; https://youtu.be/gZRm6Fhn8lE

Of course, no discussion of summer safety would be complete without addressing the pesky problem of ticks. These tiny creatures can carry dangerous diseases, so it's important to take steps to avoid them. When spending time outside, try to stick to well-maintained paths and avoid areas with tall grass or dense vegetation. Wear long sleeves and pants when possible and use tick repellent as an additional precaution.

While it's important to take these practical steps to ensure summer safety, it's also important to make time for self-care and relaxation. For parents of young children, this can be easier said than done, but taking even a few moments each day to unwind and recharge can have a big impact on your overall well-being. Consider taking a stroll in nature with your little ones, or simply sitting outside and enjoying the sights and sounds of summer.

Ultimately, the key to summer wellness is planning and being mindful of your family's needs. With a little bit of preparation and a focus on health and safety, you can make the most of this season and create lasting memories with your young children. So go ahead and enjoy all that summer has to offer, knowing that you're taking the necessary steps to keep your family safe and happy wherever you go.

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