Kids playing outside save money most of the time. You use less air conditioning. You use less electricity. You hear less whining. The only thing you may use more of is water, but that’s a good thing. How can you get your kids to stay outside?
Proper Lotions And Sprays
The first thing you need to do is use sunblock and insect repellant. This can keep many of the health issues that come along with summer at bay. You may also want to opt for shorter haircuts. This keeps your children cooler longer, and makes less hair to go through if you need to look for ticks or other creepy crawlies that may get into a child’s hair. Set up areas of shade in the back yard. If you don’t have a patio or covered porch set a tent up in the back yard. It will provide a little shade and still be fun for the little ones to play in.
Strict Dress Code
Bathing suits, shorts and t-shirts. With the exception of special events or Sunday afternoons, this is all you really need to keep in a child’s summer wardrobe. You may want to accessorize with hats and sunglasses and sandals. Make sure to get sandals that strap onto your child’s feet rather than flip flops. They are harder to lose, provide a little more ankle support and meld well into indoor settings.
Food And Water
Have an out to eat garden. This is a special little garden the kids are free to pick from when they are hungry. If you don’t like the idea of your kids drinking from the hose when outside have a little cooler outside for them as well, filled with water and ice. Add a few water balloons too, just in case it’s extra hot. Trust me. The kids will know what to do with them.
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