Planning a family day out is often a mixture of emotions for parents. We’re excited that they are excited, we’re hopeful that the weather will hold out, we’re enthusiastic about all the happy memories we’re going to make and the ways we’re going to capture them, but we can also be a little apprehensive about keeping them entertained, worried that they might argue, and get a little uneasy at the idea of having to handle a toddler in full tantrum mode in public…
Tips for a great family day out:
Well, don’t you worry. As someone that’s handled many days out with my children before – both successful and unsuccessful trips – I’ve come to realize that you shouldn’t be putting so much pressure on yourself. Sure we want the kids to have a good time, but tantrums, arguments and irritability happen, especially when the weather is hot, and their little legs are tired. However, there are a few steps you can take to make your day run a little smoother, so I’ve put together a list of tips for a family day out that might put you at ease. Enjoy!
Your sun protection pack
Sun cream, sun hats, sunglasses – if you’re looking for new aviator glasses click the link – and of course plenty of water to go around. Making sure everyone is protected from the harmful rays of the sun is imperative for a happy day out. The last thing you want is to spend the whole day worrying about your children getting burnt, or them feeling the effects of too much sun or even dehydration. So, make sure you have a whole bag dedicated to sun protection with you. You can always keep it in the car, so you don’t forget it.
Whether you’re heading off on a long car journey, or you’re heading to a local farm park for the afternoon, if there’s one thing that could spoil the happy atmosphere its tummy rumbles! Never underestimate the power of snacks, so make sure you have plenty in your arsenal. Fruit, crisps, crackers, cereal bars and even some treats if your little ones have been good. Make sure you bring a drink for them too. Bringing your own snacks can also help you save a bit of money too.
It doesn’t matter how old they are – accidents happen. Whether that’s a sudden bout of sickness or if they’ve jumped into a puddle up to their middle. It might seem like you’re being over cautious, but you’ll never be so grateful to see a pair of clean and dry socks in your life, especially when your little on is upset! It’s also handy to keep a towel in the car too. Better to be safe than sorry!
Keep them informed
By letting your little ones know that the day won’t be a laugh a minute and they might need to stand with you in a long queue or walk for quite a way before they reach something that interests them – they’ll handle it much better. Keep them informed and reward them for being patient.