Welcoming Summer 2020
As the days get warmer and we quickly approach the summer season, the time for long sunny days and outdoor activities are right around the corner.
Even though things may be different this year, there is always room for adventure, creativity and fun to be had during your time off with the kids. The past few months have been extraordinary. That being said, know that as parents, you are doing exemplary work and we acknowledge and applaud you for this.
The warm summer weather presents a wonderful opportunity to spend more time outdoors, and get more active. However, long hours outdoors can mean considerable sun exposure. Here are some pro tips to staying safe while having FUN!
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is critical to ensuring that your body stays hydrated. It is common for kids to get very active when outdoors, which can quickly lead to dehydration if enough water is not available to them.
Sometimes, it can also be very challenging to keep up with our kids and monitor their every move. This is especially true when you find yourself constantly nagging your child to drink more water. Encouraging your child to frequently replenish their H20 supply will instil in them a sense of responsibility for their own well being, while feeling rewarding to you.
A great way to encourage your child to be more aware of their drinking habits is to fill their water bottles with their favourite fruits. A bottle of water with cut lemons and strawberries tastes and looks much better than plain water. You may be pleasantly surprised to see that they’ll begin reaching for their colourful water without you having to tell them to do so.
Sun rays are at their strongest between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Between these times, it is extremely important to be extra cautious when outside. Staying safe means having both sunscreen on at all times, and taking frequent breaks by going indoors or moving into the shade.
For kids, the best sunscreen to use is one with an SPF rating of 30 or higher. Sunscreen is most effective when put on 15-20 minutes prior to heading outside. Other preventative gear includes sunglasses that block UV rays, baseball caps and hair ties for kids with longer hair.
It is important to note that staying in the sun for too long can cause rapid health concerns such as heat exhaustion. This may happen when kids are unable to cool off their bodies fast enough. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include feeling overheated, tired, and weak.
Following these guidelines will go a long way in ensuring that your kids will stay safe while having fun. Have an AMAZING 2020 SUMMER!