Summer is the time for fun in the sun. With thoughts of summer comes barbecues, lake days, and endless family get-togethers. Summer also brings a few months of kiddos running around while school is out. That means family camping trips, summer camps and programs, and kids spending time with friends. Throughout all these fun summer activities, it is important to remember to keep your child’s safety at the forefront of your mind. There are several ways to keep your kiddos safe from mental, emotional, and physical abuses that can come with summertime activities.
First, it is important to remember that sunblock can NEVER be overrated. No matter what else goes on that summer, it will not be near as fun if a sunburn is involved! It also needs to be said that children under 1 year need to be out of the sun as much as possible. Gotta beat that heat!
Second, make sure to keep First-Aid kits handy for any minor injuries that may occur. This is super important with kiddos running around!
Third, children should always be supervised when participating in water activities! No exceptions!
Speaking of water, make sure everyone drinks enough water and watch out for heat exhaustion. This can be helped by making sure kids wear lightweight clothing and take frequent water breaks.
Last, make sure to talk to your kids about keeping themselves safe whenever they are out of your sight. They need to know about keeping their minds and bodies safe, both from strangers and people close to them. They need to know what is and what is not okay and that they DO have a voice.
Summertime is wonderful, full of fun, and creates so many memories. Just make sure to keep everyone safe in the meantime!