June 20, 2018
Two examples of summer safety conversations with my husband —
“Oh! I need to wipe this tanning oil off my hands before I grab my drink… it could get too slippery and poke my eye out with the mini-umbrella!” [Takes sip out of a coconut] “Phew that was a close one!” [Reclines chair back and resumes HOT!HOT!HOT! playlist on iPod]
“Sunscreen applied? Floatation devices properly secured? No we’re not swimming, but they could fall in when we turn our back. What is the baby picking up off the ground? A Goldfish cracker! No!!! Gluten!…” [Attempts to enjoy party while silently going through summer safety checklist and not appearing too panicked]
Ok, both scenarios may have been slightly dramatized – but you get my point. Summer fun has different responsibilities before and after kids arrive. The key for me is finding that delicate balance between education, application, and complete hysteria.
After research, speaking with other parents and consulting with our trusted pediatricians, here’s a list of what our family keeps on the forefront of summer safety:
Experience has taught me that tanning oil with an SPF4 isn’t protecting my skin, best intentions and advice isn’t always sound, and that it is very important to educate yourself, both on real and perceived safety issues. When researching, information overload can overwhelm the best of us. To lower your stress and relax this summer, make sure you share what you research with your family, friends, and most importantly, your doctors. Collaborating around health will ensure future summer trips turn into fun memories and not cautionary tales.
What is your best summer safety tip?