With summer fast approaching in many areas around the world, it’s common for parents to be both excited and overwhelmed at the idea of their kids being home all day for a few weeks or months. And while many families like to spend their summer vacations outside enjoying nature, families that live in very hot parts of the world often need to take extra precautions and have different plans to help their families stay cool. So if you live in a hot climate, here are three tips to help you and your kids enjoy your summer without overheating.
Don’t Go Out In The Hottest Parts Of The Day
Although your friends in other parts of the country might be able to spend all day outside without any thought, living in a very hot climate means that you need to be careful about how much time you’re spending in the heat of the sun and at what times during the day you’re exposing yourself and your kids to the elements. According to Heidi Murkoff of WhatToExpect.com, you should try to stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day. Ideally, try to get your kids outside before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. so they’re not under the strongest rays of the sun or in the heat of mid-day.
Stay Close To Water
When you are going to be spending time outside with your kids during the heat of summer, it’s a good idea to keep close to the water. For many people who live in hot climates, like Scottsdale, Arizona, condos and other communities often have swimming pools for their residence to use. Or if you live near a natural body of water, try to spend some of your days there so you can keep cool. Additionally, Dr. Kate N. Cronan, a contributor to KidsHealth.org, you should also ensure that everyone in your family is drinking enough water during the day. If your kids are going to be outside or just playing hard, make sure you bring enough water for everyone to drink and consider replenishing their electrolytes as well.
Get Creative With Indoor Play
For those times when it’s just too hot to be outside anymore, it can be very helpful to have some fun ideas for ways to spend your time when you’re stuck in the house. While taking outings during the day can be fun, many parents struggle with finding ways to get creative with indoor play at home. For some help with this, Deirdre Avenell, a contributor to Houzz.com.au, recommends doing things like setting up an indoor camping experience, having a dance party, cooking together, planting an indoor garden, doing arts and crafts, making homemade ice cream, and so much more.
If you’re nervous about how your family will do in the heat of summer, consider using the tips mentioned above to help keep everyone happy and healthy all summer long.