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I love the routine that comes with back-to-school season but I’m always a bit sad to say goodbye to summer. And this summer has been a great one. Our summer has been filled with first birthdays, beach days, pool days, and park days. It’s been filled with trips to the zoo, and to the county fair, and taking care of a new pet fish.
My family has loved being back in sunny San Diego where, let’s be honest, it’s pretty much a vacation year round. Our summer can be summed up by a conversation I heard between a dad and his son during one of our many trips to the beach. The father said to his son, “A day at the beach is better than a day not at the beach.”
I love that! It’s since become a frequently spoken phrase, especially during those trips to the beach when my kids don’t behave or we leave a trail of dropped beach toys behind us as we hike in from the parking lot.
We’ve been lucky this year and have been able to stay fairly healthy. We haven’t had any emergency room visits (and if you know my family you’ll realize what a miracle that is by itself). We’ve avoided the summer time illnesses that have run rampant through our family and friends.
Most summers we aren’t quite as lucky so I wanted to share a few of my tips for keeping your family safe and healthy during the summer. I’d love it if you could share a few tips of your own in the comments. It’s no fun when illness or injury spoils your summer plans so we need all the help we can get! If you want some more ideas, iVillage has some great tips for raising healthy kids.
Make good nutrition a priority. During the summer it’s easy to slack off when it comes to eating balanced meals. Concessions stands and fast food restaurants don’t offer a great variety of healthy foods when you are traveling or on the go and slacking in the nutrition department can make you susceptible to summer colds that are way more common than you think they are. Pack healthy snacks like nuts, dried fruit, cheese sticks, and cut veggies when you know you won’t be home for a while. Take advantage of seasonal produce to create some fresh smoothies. We started each morning this summer with a vitamin filled green smoothie and even the baby was a huge fan.
Stay protected from the sun. Nothing spoils your fun like a nasty sunburn. Keep your kids (and yourself!) covered as much as you can while in direct sunlight. We make good use of beach umbrellas, stroller shades, and large hats when we are out in the sun. Use sunscreen on any ares that are going to be exposed to sunlight for an extended period of time. Don’t forget to put sunscreen on yourself after putting it on your kids. I made that mistake once this summer and I will NOT be making it again.
Be vigilant around water. Summer fun is all about water — at the beach, at the pool, at the lake. Whenever you are near water with kids it is essential that you are completely present. Accidents can happen so fast. We had a close call with my son during a boating accident a few years ago and I have never forgotten it. Rather than relaxing near the water, join in on the fun so you are right there in case you are needed. Talk to your kids about basic safety precautions they should take around water and make sure your kids learn how to swim as soon as possible.
How do you keep your family healthy during the summer?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of iVillage
. The opinions and text are all mine.