Keeping our kids healthy and ready for summer activities is no easy task. It seems like there is a long list of things to do, that I either forget, or remember at the last minute. Our days always start with a healthy breakfast, and morning time vitamins. Why vitamins? If you are like us, our child is a notoriously picky eater, and despite our best efforts she may not get all the nutrients she need from her diet alone.
If she had it her way, vitamins too, would taste like macaroni and cheese. Whether we are going to the beach, going to the park, or just spending some time exploring nature, we always make sure to try and keep your skin safe with sunscreen. We always use one with an SPF of at least 30 that screens out both UVA and UVB rays. Not only does keeping an annoying sunburn away ensure more fun times in the near future, but also helps to keep our skin in good shape for years to come. Before we get on the go, we also make sure to pack a variety of healthy snacks. Nothing can turn an outing sour than the dreaded words “I’m hunnnnnnngry”, especially after we’ve prepared to go out, and already eaten lunch. Usually some fruit strips, a granola bar, or a box of raisins will suffice, but for long trips we might bring a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as well.
Another thing that is a necessity for our family, but I’m sure your family might have a need similar, is cortisone cream. Our child has an allergy to animal hair, although she might get pretty angry about it and think it’s just our way of keeping her from petting “all the cute little animals”, it is a legitimate concern. For her comfort and our piece of mind, it’s always tossed in a bag or purse. Last but not least, we always bring a good supply of water. With water making up more than half of our body weight, it is extremely essential to our health and keeps our body functioning well during these hot summer days. It’s the small stuff, but we just try our best to keep aware, and make sure our family stays healthy during the summer. With a little preparation we can spend our time focused on the activities at hand, not just the small stuff that pops up, but concentration on making some good memories.
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