With spring in full swing there is a plethora of events and outings to take the family on. Along with all of these excursions can come a fair amount of stress for moms and dads. Getting out of the house may be vital, however it needs an entire set of logistics to accommodate kids and all their needs. Preparation can make a massive impact on the feasibility of taking the kids out to all the fun events.
For starters consider the ages of kids and what their prime needs are when you are away from home. Toddlers and babies need diapers and wipes, possibly changes of clothes. Young children may need a break somewhere along their day for a nap. You also need to consider if your kids need a stroller or some means to keep them with you. For parents of multiple kids sometimes one of the bungee cord wrist cuffs can be the extra set of hands you need so desperately while young kids learn to stay with you. Older kids won’t have as many needs, but may need a water bottle or band-aids for incidental ouches. For kids of all ages a blanket and a pick-nick lunch can be the perfect break during a day out and about.
If your kids are young enough, a stroller can be exceedingly helpful. They have cup holders and pockets to hold all the needed things. They can save your arms and back from lugging heavy toddlers around too. If you find you don’t have the room for a stroller, or need more mobility baby carriers are delightful. The many brands available make it easy to find one that works for you and baby. Most will hold children up to about 50 pounds which can prove helpful when older toddlers tire from walking. If you can find one that will adjust to different positions you will find it much more versatile in the long run.
Another way to help kids with long days of events is to slowly build them up to it. Start with a couple hours and slowly build the time up that you are out of the house. This helps alleviate the tendency to have breakdowns from a suddenly long day. If it is something unavoidable to work up to consider a treat after that your child is especially fond of. Some ideas are a movie night at home, or stopping to play at a favorite park.
Lastly, remember that things will happen. Kids will have outbursts and tears will flow. Don’t stress over it. We all have been there. Honestly, even parents can have their moments of upset. Give the kids and whoever else you are out with a little grace. Many people find settings with lots of people to be anxiety inducing. Stepping back for a few with some lawn chairs, or into some air conditioning can be that moment of reprieve. Often, starting with any of the free events in the area you can attend without a need to stay and not miss out.
Overall, the events offered in the area are numerous and diverse. You can easily find something that will suit your interests and comfort level. Best yet, none of the events are one and done affairs. There is always another chance to get out and enjoy the happenings.