For many parts of the county June signifies the arrival of consistently warm weather and that annual weekend event honoring fathers. Summer is just weeks away, but already in the Midwest we are seeing temperatures rise into the nineties, so it’s just as important to prepare for warmer weather as it is when we are expecting ice and snow. How can we make the best of the of the day (and the season) without risking heatstroke or sunburn?
Plan Father’s Day activities to include the kids; let them have quality time with dad. Let kids help prepare a special breakfast in bed, or simple handmade cards to celebrate. Give Dad a break from weekend chores and let him indulge in a shared favorite activity with the kids, while you prepare a meal (Bonus: you may get a little peace and quiet for yourself!)
Food is a vital part of any celebration. Remember it’s Dad’s day, so plan to include his favorites, whether that means firing up the grill or preparing his favorite breakfast or dessert. My husband has his eye on upgrading our grill this year. Does anyone know where to get a good deal on a professional quality model?
Take time out to chill in the shade.
If possible avoid spending time outside during the hottest part of the day. If you’re planning to be outside for the entire day or if you’ll be working in the heat, make sure you take a break in the shade to cool off, and drink plenty of fluids.
If your idea of the perfect Father’s Day is a beer by the pool, make sure you limit the amount of alcohol you (or Dad) actually consumes. Alcohol actually causes dehydration, which can increase the risk for heat exhaustion or heatstroke. Make sure to keep plenty of cool, nonalcoholic beverages available for yourself and your guests.
Don’t forget the sunscreen.
Don’t let sunburn spoil the fun. Whatever type of sunscreen you choose, be it waterproof, spray-on, wipe-on, sports activity or sensitive; make sure you follow the directions. Also, remember that scalps burn too. My husband found that out the hard way last year after a long motorcycle ride, so either work sunscreen into hair, especially if it’s thin or fine, or wear a hat.
Seek relief with indoor activities.
If you have small children and/or elderly parents to entertain, they may not be equipped to deal with high temperatures, especially in areas where humidity is common. It may be best to plan some activities that involve air conditioning. Movies can be fun for all ages, but this year has been rather hit and miss for quality, so take time to look at reviews and pick something everyone can enjoy.
Above all else, have fun and a Happy Father’s Day to all of you out there.