TIP of the WEEK: Safe Summer Fun

With the unofficial start to summer happening this weekend it’s a good time to talk about all of the summer activities that we love to participate in. Cookouts, picnics , family get togethers seem to happen every weekend and all of them are completely focused on the F word. That’s food, of course. If your child has a particularly high food seeking drive you may choose to stay away from these activities or you can try these tips that may lessen the stress of our favorite summer pastimes.

1. Arrive after lunch has been served. It may be extremely difficult to remove your child from the get together before the meal is served but arriving after allows you the social interaction with the group without the stress of explaining to everyone there why one more cookie really is a big deal.

2. Don’t go it alone. Bring at least one other person who knows your child if food is going to be out and available for the whole event. This will allow you to have at least some time “off duty” from monitoring food intake. Remember though, always assign one person to watch your child. When everyone is watching, no one is watching.

3. Have the party at your house. You have more control over the food and where it is served and the environment is familiar to your child making it less stressful.

Whatever you decide to do be sure that it is what’s right for you and your family. If you think your child can safely attend, then go, but if you are unsure then stay home. There is no shame in knowing what your child can handle. Not every friend or family member will understand this but that is not your main concern. If large get togethers are too much then plan small events with close friends and immediate family. Summers can be a wonderful time filled with activities that everyone can enjoy. Trust your gut and do what feels right for you and your family.

Submitted by:
Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

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