It's summertime: the season of popsicles, sidewalk chalk, bathing suits and fun in the sun! If you're using a babysitter this summer, make sure she's equipped with everything she needs so your kids have a great — and safe — time outside. Use the following tips to schedule your summer activities, protect little heads from the heat and promote outdoor safety.
Summer Activity Lists
When preparing for summer, it's always great to draw up a list of outdoor activities that your sitter can do with the kids in the backyard. Consider making a list of dry outdoor games (for example, a potato sack race) and wet outdoor games (such as Marco Polo) for home. Dry outdoor games are great, provided your kids don't overheat or get dehydrated while playing. Prepare your babysitter with a list of warning signs for heatstroke and dehydration, and set rules to make sure everyone stays healthy. For instance, everyone must come inside once an hour for a glass of lemonade.
Wet outdoor games, however, are summer's guilty pleasure. If you have an outdoor pool, prepare it so that your sitter can swim with the kids. If you don't, you can still schedule fun water activities with the aid of a slip 'n' slide or even just a sprinkler. Make sure, however, that your babysitter is fully prepared with a list of pool safety rules, including where to find flotation devices for the kids, how to open and close the pool and how to properly clean and salinate it.
One of the most exciting things about summer is that it provides your kids and babysitter with a chance to explore the local terrain and be athletic. With this in mind, consider drawing up another list of activities that are outside your home. A recent poll of Sittercity sitters showed that the following were the most popular babysitting summer activities: swimming lessons, mini-golf, amusement parks, the beach, tennis, T-ball and soccer.