Dr. Faucher and Connor
Wearing a bike helmet is second nature to my kids. So much so that they often just leave them on to shoot baskets or play around the house. That’s probably not typical of most kids, but I’m a trauma surgeon and my wife is a nurse practitioner, so NOT wearing a safety helmet has NEVER been an option.
Last Spring, that “second nature” may have saved my son Connor from serious injury. Connor, who was 6 at the time, was riding bike with his older sister when she heard a crash behind her. (She told us the noise was “terrifying” to her.) When she stopped and turned around, she saw Connor on his back with blood all over his face. When she ran back to him, he didn’t respond at all. So she ran a block back to our house, to tell my wife.
Water activities can be great fun but water safety needs to be strictly observed. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children should have swimming lessons, but even the most experienced swimmers need to be smart and pay attention while in the water. There are a few things you should do to ensure everyone remains safe while having fun in the water:
Close to home there are wonderful opportunities that can be available for little expense with some minor planning. Some of our family’s most fun and memorable times involved overnight camping at one of the many beautiful state and county parks close to home.
An overnight camping trip can be an adventure and provide lots of learning opportunities for kids. Gets the kids involved with planning for the trip. You can start with meals. What will you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner while you’re at your campsite? This is a great opportunity to talk about about healthy food choices, and find tasty alternatives to traditional snacks like potato chips.
While the majority of the year we are tied to the formal structure of school, team sports and lessons, the summer is an ideal time to enjoy outside physical activity, explore and learn new skills, cement family bonds, practice the skills of sharing and cooperation, and unwind. It is a great time to relax, enjoy each other’s company and learn to be present in the moment.
Turn off the TV, computers, personal games devices and even mobile phones. Lather up with sun block and get outside with the kids to enjoy the wonders of summer.
What summer activity does your family look forward to the most?