As a single, work-at-home-mom, planning a major summer fun outing every day just isn’t feasible. I don’t have the luxury of saying “today’s a great day to go to the beach, let’s load up!” I have deadlines to meet if I want to make ends meet! Still, as a mom to an only child living in a neighborhood with few kids his age, I also have a responsibility to make sure my son enjoys his vacation! What’s a mom to do?
Summer Fun Activities on Your Break
I’ll tell you what I do! I use my break time for summer fun time! As soon as I finish an article or complete a section of tasks on my “to-do” list, I tell my son to grab the water blasters, turn on the hose and meet me outside. We spend 15 minutes running around, soaking each other and cooling off. Then it’s back to work for me while Jake hangs out running through the sprinkler until he’s had enough.
Sometimes we have water balloon fights on my break. Other times, we race through sprinklers. Whatever we end up doing, it’s fun and refreshing! It gives us time to bond and makes me feel less guilty about the fact that I can’t just up and take him to a beach, pool or water park any time we feel like going.
Staying Safe During Summer Fun
Sunscreen is an absolute must for all our summer fun activities. No negotiation! Skin cancer reared its ugly head in my family, so it’s definitely on my mind year-round. Sunscreen doesn’t just keep us from ending up with painful sunburns, it protects against long-term damage that we don’t see right away. Basically, just because you don’t burn doesn’t mean you’re not doing damage!
Since many of our summer fun activities are spontaneous, my son puts his sunscreen on in the morning. I love Banana Boat® Sport Performance® with PowerStay Technology™ because it’s so easy to spray on without making a mess. It’s a ritual now in the summer, especially since he’s in and out all day. At 10, he’s old enough to run around the yard unsupervised. Mostly, he loves hanging out on the back deck with a book or his laptop. He LOVES the sunshine.
Check out a few more tips on keeping your kids’ skin safe during their summer fun activities.
- Learn the 1-2-3 rule: Apply 1 of sunscreen 30 minutes before you head out into the sun. Reapply every two hours, or after swimming or heavy sweating.
- Plan ahead: Think about how long you’ll be outside and make sure you have enough sunscreen to cover everyone during your outing. I keep an extra bottle of sunscreen in our “going out” beach bag, just so I know it’s always there. Plus I take another bottle with me. That way, I have a “reserve” bottle on hand in case I need it.
- Consider the conditions: When I was a kid, we had very basic sunscreens. Now, you can find different types for just about any type of outing! For example, Banana Boat® makes new SunComfort™ Clear UltraMist® Sunscreen for beach lovers. It’s not only water resistant, it also lets sand brush off easily.
- Make it fun! My son is old enough to understand the importance of sunscreen, but for smaller kids, singing a song while you apply it makes it more entertaining. Even better, make up a song together!
Banana Boat® sun care products are tested in seven conditions – sun, pool water, ocean water, wind, sweat, sand and extreme heat – so you know your family is covered no matter what summer fun activity you plan! Learn more about how Banana Boat® can protect your family!
Whether you’re heading out to the beach for the day or just throwing in a few spontaneous summer fun breaks, sunscreen is always a must. Nothing ruins a good time faster than a painful burn!
What do you do to make summer fun when you can’t plan a ton of major outings? Tell us in the comments!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® . The opinions and text are all mine.