Independence Day usually means a few things: Barbecues, swimming and fireworks.
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If this is your first, or even tenth, Independence Day with little one’s, here are a few tips to help you get through it unscathed.
Independence Day Barbecue
Explain to your child that barbecues are hot! Just like the oven in the kitchen, they shouldn’t be touched.
If your child is too young to understand this concept, set up baby gates to protect them from getting too near the grill.
If your child is older and really wants to help prepare the meal, put them in charge of the condiments. Those suckers have to be shaken up and that’s a great assignment for your little one.
They can also be responsible for ‘taking orders.’ Or, rather, counting how many hot dogs or hamburgers people would like. Simply having them set the table will give them a sense or responsibility, too.
We have one super solid swimming rule in our house:
You never, absolutely never, go to the pool without an adult!
Mommy or Daddy have to be present. If #1 is ever caught at the pool without one of us he will be grounded from swimming for the rest of his life.
Okay, so that’s a bit extreme, but it drove the point home for him.
He is taking swim lessons now, and doing fantastic with them, I might add, but the water paired with my baby still terrifies me. Especially when the water doesn’t have a lifeguard on duty.
Now, as a former Aquatic Center Supervisor, I have to say though, that even if a lifeguard is on duty, that’s no excuse to take your eyes off your child. Watch them! Like a hawk! A matter of a few seconds could change everything. Don’t be a statistic!
*Steps down from soap box*
If you’ve been at the pool for quite some time, make sure to have your child take a break every hour or so. Most public pools will call a pool break or adult swim, so this is automatic, but if they don’t, pull your child out for a drink of water, reapplication of sunscreen, and a momentary rest.
Independence Day Fireworks
If you plan to set off small fireworks in your yard, make sure your child is aware of a few things, like keeping the fire away from themselves and the house, and anything else flammable for that matter.
If a sparkler gets too hot or too close, teach them to drop it safely away from everyone.
Make sure you are all wearing close-toed shoes and watching where you step. Sparkler sticks are hot for quite some time after they’ve burnt and they can easily burn little toes, or even through flip flops.
Fireworks are dangerous and should be used with caution and at your own risk. Mom of the Moment is not liable for any injuries.
Punch holes in the bottom of red Solo cups and stick a sparkler through the hole with the handle on the inside. Have your child place their hand in the cup and grasp the handle of the sparkler. This creates a spark shield to better protect your child’s hands.
The best tip for firework safety is to just not shoot them off on your own. Leave that to the professionals.
If you’re planning to watch a large show overhead, pack your child some noise-cancelling headphones. This will allow them to see the show in all its splendor but not have to fear the loud noises around them.
I hope you and your family have a fantastic Independence Day! Tell me your plans in the comments.
And, don’t forget, when the holiday is over, it’s a great time to stock up for other holidays and next year’s festivities. Check out my post on Holiday Clearance for more information.
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