(Goblin is 31 months)
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Goblin and I spent a lovely sunny day today with Bubble and Squeak and their mummies. Its getting hot, hot, hot here in our little nook of Blighty. And it made me think about last year when the sun started to shine - I got heat stroke because I forgot to look after myself. So this is a little post to remind all you lovely parents and care givers out there that its not just your kids who need to be cautious in the hot weather.
I'm sure we've all done it - You have spent the day running around after your kid(s) trying to get them to drink something, and at the end of the day you realise you haven't drunk anything all day yourself.
How many of you smear the sun cream on your child before they leave the house, but the only cream you apply to yourself is what ever is left on your hands after doing them? I have heard that this can be particularly true of Daddies. Hublet is quite good about making sure he has sun cream on, but that's because he only needs to look at the sun and he burns. But some of my friends say it is really hard to get their husbands to put on sun cream even on the hottest days. If you are one of those Dads (or Mums) it's helpful to remember that we lead by example for our kids. It is a bit hypocritical to insist your child wears sun cream if you aren't going to - its not like any of us are immune to skin cancer.
Do you wear a hat? Hats keep the sun off your head and neck. This can help to prevent heat stroke. Now I'm sure most of us don't want to wear a hat because it will ruin our hairstyle. But being cautious and taking one with you when you leave the house means if you do start feeling like the sun has got a bit too much, and you still are a bit far from your car or home, you can whack it on your head to buy you some time.
So my quite obvious top tips for taking care of yourself as a parent and/or a care giver this summer are
- When they drink, you drink
- When they put on sun cream, you put on sun cream.
- Take a hat
Now enjoy the sun!
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