Beat the Heat
Possibly one of the most difficult things to deal with during summer sports is the weather. Protecting the kids (and spectators) from the high heat of the summer is so very important. My family found out just how important it is to ‘plan in advance’ for hydrating for summer sports. This past weekend, my son was invited to an End of the School Year pool party. From there, he went to baseball practice. By the end of practice, he was lightheaded, nauseous & vomiting. From the ball field, we went straight to the emergency room for IV fluids….
We just had 4 days of 90+ degree heat in CT, and it’s still June. The real heat usually hits at the end of July and into August. Here are some simple tips to help you survive the summer.
Wet cloths – It seems so simple, but wet cloths can be very effective to cool folks off on the hottest of days. I went to Wal-Mart and bought the cheapest stack of washcloths they had – that way if they are lost, it’s no big deal. Before practices or games, I put each washcloth in a Ziplock sandwich bag and add water. I stick these washcloths in a cooler. When needed, these washcloths are used to wipe down your forehead or can be draped on your neck.
Cold Packs for injuries – This is a Pinterest find that I love… these cold packs are very clever because they are so easy to make and are so versatile. In a Ziplock sandwich bag, combine 3 parts water to 1 part rubbing alcohol and freeze. The rubbing alcohol doesn’t let the water freeze completely so you end up with something that resembles an Icee frozen drink. These are great for injuries, bug bites or the like.
Hydration – After my intro paragraph about ending up in the ER with my son for dehydration– enough said…. For each game, our team mom arranges to have coolers filled with water and Gatorade for the team in the dugout. This is to supplement the water jugs each parents sends with their kids. At all of the fields we play at, there are fully stocked concession stands so parents either pack their own coolers or buy their beverages at the field.
Shade – Depending on the location of the All Star games, some of the fields we visit have some sort of shady spots, but others don’t. This summer we will be playing at a facility with no shade at all. Knowing this, my husband got a pop up tent for Father’s Day. These tents go up quite easily and even come with a storage bag on wheels for easy travel.
Sun screen – I think it goes without saying that everyone should wear sunscreen while outside for any period of time. My son and many of the other boys tend to resist getting sunscreen applied. A couple of years ago, I was insistent that my son let me put sunscreen on him as they were getting ready to warm up. One of the coaches asked if he could borrow the sunscreen. As he was putting it on, one of the other moms asked if I would put sunscreen on her son as he was also resisting. Since I wasn’t his mom, he didn’t dare say no to me. Before I knew it, before each game, I was lining the boys up to apply sunscreen on them before each game that year. It became so automatic, they would see me coming with the spray bottle and would stop what they were doing and put their arms out to get sprayed.
Bug Spray – with the summer, come the bugs. For evening games, or games after a rain, make sure you have bug spray at the ready. As with the sunscreen, I have been known to line the kids up before a baseball game to put bug spray on them. One of the moms on the team swears by the ‘Off’ personal bug repellant fans because they work and there is no sticky bug spray all over you. I’ve never used them before, but I did buy them recently to try them out.
Working for a Living
Just because your kids are playing summer sports, doesn’t mean you can give up going to work for the summer. As we tend to travel as a team and caravan to each game, we often have to meet at our home ball field in the middle of the afternoon to travel to an evening game. Here are few ideas that may help you ‘stay connected’ with work while ‘staying connected’ with your summer athlete:
Smart phone with a data plan – Anyone with a smart phone knows the possibilities that their phone provides. Business apps and internet access help make doing business on the go a reality.
iPad / Laptop – In order to actually do business, you may need to have an iPad or a laptop handy so you can do more than just answer phone calls. I usually line up a project or two that I can work on offline while we are waiting to travel to a game, or while the team is warming up. Since ball fields don’t generally have a lot of electric outlets lying around, make sure you have a fully charged battery before you leave home!
Hot spot – For the most productivity, you can get a ‘hot spot’ on your Smart phone. This ‘hot spot’ will be able to provide you internet access wherever you are.
Business Phone – To be sure you don’t miss any important business calls, be sure to forward your business phone to your cell phone. Of course, depending on the types of calls you get in your business, this may not be appropriate. It’s one thing to answer calls from your boss or co-workers since chances are, they will know where you are. It would not really be appropriate to answer calls from customers – it wouldn’t make the best impression for customers to hear parents cheering in the background while they are trying to conduct business with you.
What are some of your favorite tricks to beat the heat? Or work outside the office? Share them with us by commenting on this post.
Anne-Marie Dunn is the owner of www.BaptismalGownsPlus.com
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