It’s hard to steer them away from having fun in the sun. Screams, tantrums and lots of crying can be met when you finally get them out of the pool or off the swings. Any of the following sound familiar?
The look you get when you insist she wears a hat outside….
I made her stop playing for 2 minutes so we could reapply her sunscreen…
Poor thing, the sun is in her eyes and there’s no shade…oh wait, she’s two feet from being in the shade she just refuses to move…
If looks could kill…who knew suggesting sunscreen could render such a look.
I explained the dangers of Melanoma, to which he replied, “But I WANT Mellow Mommy!”
The heat index was 110, so I suggested we sit in the shade for a bit.
She’s upset that we won’t allow her to stay in the kiddie pool all day and turn the color of a lobster…
We all know that sun protection is necessary even though your kids may not understand it just yet. Protecting them from skin cancer and other serious skin conditions needs to start from birth. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, but there are preventative measures you can take now to protect your child’s skin for years to come. The main thing is to limit exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. So, seek shade, wear sun-protective clothing and apply sunscreen to all skin not covered by clothing at least every 2 hours.
It’s not always easy to know what’s right in parenting, especially when they’re screaming or crying…but in this case you’ll always know you’re doing the right thing. So, congrats on the parenting win and making your kid cry in the name of sun protection today!