If you travel with small children, you understand stressful situations. You’re well versed in deescalating toddler tantrums and charging on through the rest of your day as your beautiful children scream from the back of the car “Are we there yet?” for the 100th time in the last 7 minutes.
Maybe this is just my life and my crazy family! Although I wouldn’t change it for anything, parenting at my house has its tension filled moments, which are only amplified when you’re going on a trip.
This is why I put together a quick list of Parenting Hacks when taking your kiddos to the lake!
After the long drive and your little ones see the water, everyone tends to flock towards the lakeside. However, the first thing you should remember is to take those kids to the potty.
Nothing is is worse than feeling the first sensation of relaxation as you dive below the water surface and then hearing, “Mom! I gotta go now!”
So, skip the soggy suit trek to the restrooms, and take them when you first arrive.
Play. Rest. Snack. Repeat.
Once those littles start going nuts in the water, you’ll be tempted to zone out and slip softly into a nap....
But, you MUST stay VIGILANT! If you’re swimming at any time during the day, it’s important to apply sunscreen and take breaks to avoid sunburn. If you’re swimming between 10 am and 4 pm ( prime time ) you really have to stay on too of how long they’ve been in the sun.
Typically what we do as a family is:
Apply sunscreen when we arrive
Play for about 30-45 minutes
get in the shade for drinks and snack for 20 minutes
Apply more sunscreen and repeat
After chilling for a few hours, it’ll be time to break out some lunch. I honestly don’t know if a better hack has ever been found for kids lunches at the lake other than Lunchables. Super easy to pack an keep cold in the cooler, no plates or utensils needed and the clean up is quick!
Long Dry Home
When the day is ending and those babes are getting ready to snooze in the back seat, it’s a great opportunity to lay their swim gear on the dashboard and allow it to dry.
I used to bring a grocery bag and throw their suits in it before we left the lakeside, but recently I’ve tried laying them out to air dry on our way home and it’s worked like a charm.
I hope you’ve found some useful tips and can try a few of these out on your next trip to the lake!