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Mid-Summer Reminders

Toddlers
* Leave your cell phone next to your child’s car seat in the back as a reminder.
* Use sunscreen and play in the shade as much as possible
* Provide calm breaks during their long day of playing.
* Try to be indoors during the hottest hours of the day.
* Touch the slide for heat before allowing your toddler to slide down.
* Do not leave your toddler alone near water even for a minute.

Kids
* Insist on sunscreen( when you can) and offer a hat.
* Do not call your child a “swimmer” until she truly can swim.
* Summer is a great time to learn a new skill – including different chores.
* Make a list of fun at-home activities, writing each on an index card. When your kid says “I am bored”, tell him to go choose an index card.
* Allow them be lazy sometimes – it is summer vacation. In fact, schedule some unscheduled time. Lying in the grass is a good activity at every age.
* Try to be patient – they will be going back to school soon.

Teens
* Encourage sunscreen.
* Remind your younger teen to let you know when they change locations.
* Summer is a great time for our teens to get their first job, to earn their own money, and to be taught financial skills.
* Allow your teen to sleep late sometimes – it is summer vacation. While our teens still need limits, rules, and structure, we can also be a little more flexible and relaxed.
* Try to enjoy having them around – some will be heading off to college, and you will miss them.

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