NEAT To Know™: 7 Helpful Tips For The Grandkids This Summer

With summer in full swing, the need for grandparents to help take care of the grandchildren during the day and evening increases significantly. Here are seven summertime tips to help ensure the “fun” never stops (except at bedtime!).

Don’t let sunburns be a lasting memory of the dry.
Hours in the sun can mean a ton of sun exposure. Provided are seven common mistakes when applying sunscreen and what you can do instead to beat the heat.

Keep the little ones hydrated.
Before you know it, the little ones have been at the playground for two hours and they have not had a drop of water. Keeping kids hydrated is not only smart for overall health and well-being but will also lead to better energy levels. Here are some cool ways to keep your little one hydrated this summer.


Early to bed, early to rise…
Summertime means longer days and can result in kids sleeping in, watching TV and staying up late. As best as possible, try to keep a set schedule by making sure they wake up and go to bed around the same time. Also, try to provide an environment that will lead to good sleep habits, including a room that is dark and cool.


Mixed race girl sleeping

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Beware of bugs.
Bugs are an evitable part of the summer. Proper planning can significantly reduce the itches, scratches, and tears that can come with bites. Here are s0me valuable safety tips to follow.

Strike a smart balance of treats and healthy foods.
Unhealthy snacks should be treated as “once-in-a-while” foods. Provided are some healthy foods that even the pickiest child will enjoy.


Dress appropriately.
Dress kids in protective clothing and hats. Clothing can be an excellent barrier to ultraviolet rays. Many light-weight sun-protective styles cover the neck, elbows, and knees.

You are never too old to be a boy or girl scout.
“Being prepared” will cut down on a lot of unnecessary trips back home, to the car or to a local store while having a great time. Create a summer survival kit that will allow you to keep having fun despite the occasional mishap. Here are smart items to carry around in a purse, bag or car for the summer:

  • Cell phone
  • Water
  • Band-Aids
  • Antibiotic cream for cuts and scrapes
  • Crushable icepack for bruises
  • Benadryl
  • Sun protection
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Tweezers
  • NEATsheets™…Spills happen. Stains shouldn’t.™


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