We all know that plenty of time outdoors is good for children’s health and wellbeing. Not only do they need an adequate amount of vitamin D per day, but time outdoors (and away from screens) can invoke their imagination and teach valuable lessons about communication and exercise. And this summer, as we avoid major gatherings and restaurants, there is a wealth of opportunity for outdoor play.
Unfortunately, there are some safety concerns every parent should be aware of. As homes undergo natural wear and tear over the years, a once-safe home can quickly turn dangerous if not kept up with. Things like worn-down fences, insects, exposed wiring, and left-out cleaning equipment can harm children more than you’d think, especially for those few minutes you don’t have your eyes on them. Luckily, there are a variety of steps you can take to keep your children safe this summer while letting them have some freedom.
Lastly, pool safety is another important part of parenthood. No matter if you have a full, in-ground pool or a small inflatable pool, teaching children how to swim early is crucial to prevent accidental drowning. Inflatable pools should be drained when not in use, and in-ground pools need to be covered or gated to prevent kids from gaining access when you aren’t around. Getting CPR certified is a good idea as well, as you’ll be better equipped to help your child (or a neighbors child) in the event of an accident.
Summer is a child’s favorite time of the year, and for good reason. No school and plenty of playtime, what’s not to love? But as a parent, you know better. Taking the time to ensure your home is properly set up for your child is so important to giving them a great summer experience. Not to mention the peace of mind and relaxation you definitely deserve.