Wow, this weather we’ve been enjoying recently has been amazing!
I for one am not going to complain about the incredible warmth, and the long hours of sunshine! We’ve got to take it while it comes, for it ain’t coming too often
It finally feels like summer has arrived! And the kids are almost off for the summer holidays! Mixed feelings on this one… I’m excited to be going off on holidays and adventures together VERY soon!
So here are my top tips for surviving a heatwave with kiddos:
1. Drink plenty of extra water!
This is one of the very best things you can do in the heat. It means taking a drink even if you don’t feel thirsty. All of us, adults and children alike, become dehydrated much quicker in the muggy heat. Why? Because our body uses up more of its water stores when we are sweaty, as it tries to regulate our body temperature. My children sometimes groan at me, as I’m constantly at them to have a cold drink of water! I have to be mindful of my youngest daughter’s needs too, and give her extra flushes of water on hot days.
2. Dress everyone lightly
Goes without saying, but you will feel MUCH more comfortable in lightweight, breathable, cotton clothing! If you are dressed too heavily, you’ll get all sweaty and your clothes will cling to your damp skin. My girls love a light dress or a t-shirt and shorts on hot days.
3. Limit sunlight exposure (during direct sunlight hours of approximately 11am-3pm)
You are much safer to avoid direct sunlight exposure during these times as the sun’s UV rays are stronger, and you’re more likely to get sunburned and feel lethargic, or suffer from sunstroke. If you are outside at these times, seek shade whenever possible, wear a sunhat or cap, and wear a good sunscreen. As well as drinking plenty of water of course!
4. Have a rest period in your day if possible
Many warmer European countries have a rest period or ‘siesta’ built into their day, usually after lunch. When the weather is really warm, you generally feel more tired, and it’s a great idea for parents and children alike to have some ‘down time’ or a little rest period (and if you can, nap!) indoors.
5. Open windows and doors for air circulation
Not many homes outside of North America have air-conditioning…so when it gets really hot outside, it’s imperitive to open your windows in the morning/ later evening when it’s cooler outside, to aid air circulation indoors. This system has really helped cool our house down when the air gets so humid and muggy indoors!