PRO-Mom Arianne Brown is a competitive runner, a writer and mother. She’s experienced many years of hot summer vacations with the kids, so take her advice. You’ll thank her later.
Summer break is something my family looks forward to every year. The anticipation of the last day of school even trumps that of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. We look forward to no schedule, hanging out, lazing around, and fun family vacations, including our favorite: Lake Powell.
But there is a not-so-awesome thing about summer: It is HOT!
In no time at all, the excitement turns into cursing the heat and wishing for winter. And what’s even worse, the kids start uttering that dreaded phrase: “I’m bored.”
Getting through the hot days of summer can be a challenge. But, as one who has not only survived her share of summer vacations, but who has come out the other end, wishing for more time off, I can attest that it can be done.
Here are 6 tips for parents on how to survive the heat of summer vacation.
1. Have the bulk of the outdoor activities take place in the morning or evening.
Whether your kids are a early risers or night owls, it doesn’t matter. The great thing about summer, is the exuberant amounts of daylight, and the fact that it is still the coolest in the morning when the sun comes up, and in the evening when the sun goes down.
Take the kids for a hike or bike ride before breakfast or after dinner. Both are great ways to start and end the day.
2. Always have popsicles or snow cones on hand.
Nothing cools the body more, and is more enjoyable to kids than sitting on the back porch, eating a popsicle.
What makes this delectable treat taste even better, is if they make it themselves. Pour some juice over some shaved ice. Freeze juice, yogurt or fruit in a popsicle mold, and you can rest assured that you know exactly what is going into your child’s summertime treat.
3. Have indoor activities readily available.
If you’re like me, seeing your kids watch TV, play video games or sit at a computer screen just drives you nuts. Sure, there are times when these things are just fine, but too much is just that: too much.
I make sure to have art supplies, board games, books and toys readily available for when outside just isn’t cutting it.
4. Get in the water.
Turn on the sprinklers, have a family car wash, head to the lake or local swimming pool.
Nothing will cool you off more and zap your energy more, than a few hours in the water. I have never had kids sleep better, than after playing all day in the sun and water. I just love it!
5. Fuel, fuel, fuel
Not much can zap energy more than the hot summer sun. And while older kids have no problem letting you know when they need food or drink, the younger kids often forget to stop for a break before it’s too late, and heat exhaustion has set in.
Check in with your kids every 20-30 minutes, to make sure that they have had something to drink, and make sure to have meals and snacks ready at set times of the day.
And parents: please don’t forget about fueling yourself, too. Parents are often too busy worrying about kids, that taking time to eat a healthful meal and to hydrate properly, is something that sometimes gets overlooked.
I will often pop a Coconut Almond PROBAR bite for quick energy in-between meals. I know that I am giving myself something healthy, and something that I won’t regret having eaten.
6. Take time for yourself.
If mom and dad don’t have the energy to do all that summertime requires, then it can become a drag really quickly.
Take time each day to do something you enjoy, whether it is going for a run, bike ride, swim, hike, or reading a book. Doing so will recharge you, making you more ready for the day ahead.