- Set household expectations: What are your rules for screen time? How about bedtime and wake-up time? You can set clear expectations while still giving your kids plenty of rest and downtime. We give our kids more screen time during the summer, but they still have limits and they don’t get screen time until chores and other obligations are complete (also, monitoring children’s media used to be hard– until I found the website Common Sense Media). Summer is a great time to explore fun online educational sites like Scratch, Duolingo, and Khan Academy. Sleeping in is part of summer... but too much sleeping in makes a household cranky and off-schedule. We let our kids get up later but they still set alarm clocks. If they get too off-schedule I do occasionally use melatonin to help regulate children’s sleep.
- Make sure you have properly fitted safety gear: Avoid the ER and spend your co-pay on something more fun by following these 10 easy parenting tips to keep your kids out of the ER this summer. Then come to St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Safety Stop to make sure your child has an appropriately fitted bicycle helmet and properly installed car seat.
- Pick your healthcare providers before the emergency happens: What’s your pediatrician’s phone number, and is it saved in your cell phone contact list? Pick a preferred hospital for your children and add that to your contact list, too.
- Update prescriptions before you head off for vacation or camp: Make sure to have all prescriptions – especially inhalers and epipens – up to date and ready to go before you go out-of-town or send a child to camp. Usually this only takes a phone call to your pediatrician.
- Now is the time to schedule check-ups, elective procedures and other medical appointments. Are you over-due for an allergy appointment? Need to get immunizations up-to-date? Consider scheduling now while you don’t have to pull kids out of school and your schedule is more flexible.
- Water safety. Check out this article for some helpful safety tips whenever you’re near the water!
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