Hi! Hope everyone had a beautiful long weekend. It's hard to jump back into work usually afterwards but I'm glad to be back at it with my little babes. It had been a while! This heat is murderous though, and it's easy to forget that kids are just as sensitive to the weather and need extra water just like the rest of us. It's pretty inevitable that everyone will at some point be cranky in the heat, so it's all about being able to adjust your plans to avoid total meltdown. One of the best things about summer is being able to be out of the house all day. You can go from one activity to the next without having to worry about rain or coats or any of that nonsense. It does require fulfilling another set of needs though to make sure you get through the day without drama.
A "go with the flow" mentality is a good approach when dealing with overheated kids, though I know that's easier said than done. We all have things that need to get done and places we need to be, and sometimes the kids just have to be along for the ride. If possible, see if at least once a day your kids can make a schedule choice, it helps them feel less like they are being carted around from errand to errand. Also, if you see that chaos is quickly upon you, feel free to ditch your plans and just peace out to the nearest splash pad. If you can't just throw caution to the wind and find a sprinkler in the summertime, than when can you?
As an example, yesterday I took my lil ones to the playground in the afternoon. After ten minutes of being there it was very clear that it was too hot, there wasn't enough shade for them to play in, and no one was in a sharing mood. Why fight it and force them to stay at a playground in the miserable heat? We found the nearest water bottle, chugged it, changed into bathing suits and literally ran to the nearest splash pad. It changed the whole day. Which reminds me to remind you, ALWAYS HAVE YOUR KID'S SWIMSUITS WITH YOU. You just never know when you'll need to immediately get dunked in water.
If your kids are old enough, it helps if they each have their own small backpack with their supplies for the day. A swimsuit, a change of clothes, a snack, a hat, sunscreen, a book and their own water bottles. My favorite trick is to fill my water bottle up halfway at night and stick in the freezer on its side and then in the morning filling it up with water. That way I have cold water for longer while on the go!
I'm not a huge advocate of always carrying snacks around for your kids. I think kids eat way too much between meals these days, and most of it junk. But OBVIOUSLY when you're going to be out and about all day snacks are imperative for keeping the peace, and I swear there's something about the heat that makes kids hungrier than usual. Grapes, strawberries, apples, bananas, oranges... You really can't go wrong with any kind of portable fruit. And if you happen to be going to the market on your errands, have your kid pick out his snack! It'll make them feel in control and keep them peaceful. My lil Avocado and I polished off a carton of cherries this morning while wandering around the Greenmarket. We found a bench to sit on and went to town. Afterwards he said, "I loved our cherry picnic, Low-dess." And my empty womb wept.