Although it seems like spring has barely begun, summer isn’t too far away, which means that parent’s everywhere need to start making preparations for the summer holidays. While your children are likely ecstatic at the thought of some time off, you’re going to have to come up with ways to keep them occupied for the next couple of months, as well as keep them away from junk food, out of bed, and generally healthy. If you need some help with this, then here are some useful tips.
- Encourage Them To Eat Properly
Although your children are going to want to eat junk throughout the summer, you should still do all that you can to keep them eating healthy and nutritious foods. A simple way to ensure this is to limit the amount of fatty and sugar-filled foods in your home, and stock the cupboards with healthy snacks instead. You also need to make sure that your children eat breakfast every day, even if they end up having a lie in, and roll out of bed at noon.
- Drink Plenty Of Water
A cold can of soda seems incredibly tempting on a hot summers day, but it isn’t the healthiest option and could lead to your children becoming dehydrated. The best drink for your child throughout summer is water, and you should make sure that they always have some available, no matter where you are. If they don’t like the taste, then add some slices of fruit for flavour.
- Be Active Every Day
Although summer vacation is a break from school, it doesn’t mean that your children should be in bed most of the day and watching tv the rest of it. They still need at least an hour of physical activity every single day. To ensure this, you could put a limit on how much screen time your children are allowed each day, and encourage them to take part in active things, like family bike rides, swimming, or even just a walk to the shops.
- Attend Every Appointment
You might have the best dentist or doctor on the planet, but when the weather’s nice, the last thing that most people want to do is spend time in a doctor’s office or dentist’s chair and have a checkup. However, it’s important that you make sure your children attend every appointment they have, to ensure that there aren’t any problems that need addressing.
- Remember Sun Safety
Your children need sunlight to stay healthy, but it’s important that you remember that too much sun can cause lots of damage, including sunburn and increase their risk of developing skin cancer. Because of this, you need to make sure that they’re wearing sunscreen every time they go out and that you keep your children in the shade when the sun’s at its highest point.
Winter bugs are a nightmare, but your children can easily get sick during the summer too. If you want to avoid this, then remember the advice above.