My family and I went camping this past weekend and had a great time being in nature. The site we chose was lush green and near a creek. The sound of the wind blowing through the trees and the running water was a relaxing change of pace. We explored, did a little hiking, played games and I read a book. My daughter marveled that I could read an entire book in a day but it was easy without the distractions of daily life. No commute, no cleaning and a spotty internet connection allowed us all to unwind and recover our sanity. We let go of most of the usual concerns but as a health & wellness professional and a parent, safety is always a priority.
I had my car serviced before our road trip and my husband packed our belongings safely and efficiently. My daughter rode in the middle of the back seat (supposedly the safest place in a vehicle) using her booster seat. Although she doesn't have to according to Arizona law, she actually likes her booster seat until her friends give her grief. The laws, in typical government fashion, are a bit convoluted but her seat belt doesn't hit her right without the booster seat. Height is the deciding factor in choosing whether or not to use a seat with 4 feet 9 inches being the magic number. Honestly, I am barely out of a booster seat and after sneaking onto a ride I was not tall enough for when I was a kid, I know why a couple of inches makes a difference. The seat belt on the ride did not restrain me and I bounced around the cart wildly and was thankful to be alive and uninjured when it was over. _
The booster seat has been far less of a battle than sunscreen. My husband and daughter are both reluctant to use it because of the way it feels.I have spent a lot of time researching, purchasing and trying different formulas. As noted in my newsletter, there are a few varieties I have had success with but it is still a struggle. Using sunscreen is only half the battle, using it correctly is the other half. Most people do not use enough or reapply and my family is no exception. Our pool gets direct sun most of the day and rash guards have been a useful tool. It is a bit easier to get a rash guard and a hat on than to slather sunscreen all over. We also try to avoid being in the pool between 10-4 but anyone with kids knows the challenge. Like every aspect of health and wellness, we all have to use our knowledge and choose how to apply it.
WOW-Here are a couple of links for more info on car safety for children:
Arizona Department of Health Services_
Phoenix Children's Hospital _