The advent of the rainy season is a challenging time for us, moms. First of all, the activities we can do with our kids can be limited by the weather.
One can easily run out of things to do when classes are suspended for two days, for instance. Even worse is when there’s a power outage to go with storm signals being raised. But that’s another story.
During the rainy season, my philosophy is to be proactive rather than reactive. I easily imagine the worst possibilities. This is the reason why I stock up on items in the medicine cabinet, keep up-to-date with my kids’ immunization schedules and see the family doctor for last-minute instructions. An ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure.
Here are my no-fail mommy tips on dealing with the wet & rainy weather in these islands:
1. Shop for the right things. The kids wear rain coats, rain boots and sturdy umbrellas as needed because they have to protect themselves from the elements.
2. Hike off to the mountains rather than the sea. The rains don’t have to mean the end of vacation time. During this season, we prefer savoring the hillside retreats of Tagaytay or Baguio because their climates are more ideal for staying indoors.
While admiring the view of pine trees and mountains, I am able to teach my kids more of the beauty of nature and how to protect the environment.
3. Get creative with indoor activities. The rains mean less time in the great outdoors but this doesn’t mean the end of the fun. There’s more to the staying in the house than playing the iPad or watching TV. For example, I get a kick out of baking with my five year old daughter Lucia. She’s gets amazed when the dough we shaped turns into a yummy, edible creation!
There are other artistic things to do like paint eggs or make tie-dye shirts. Mommies can easily search for a wealth of information on how to do these on the internet.
4. Don’t forget the sporty activities. It’s a fact that kids get bored easily. One minute they’re focused in making chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, the next minute they want to go somewhere else. When this happens, I take my daughter for a dip in the swimming pool. Those huge mall playrooms are also a safe bet with their abundance of toys, slides and romping equipment.
5. Keep the phrase ‘superior protection’ like a mantra in your head. Prevention is a prime concern because the rains bring forth an increase in diseases like colds, cough and diarrhea., especially when our kids are in close proximity with other people in malls and schools.
I like to start by powering up my kids with Vitamin C and Zinc which are the basic
supplements in strengthening the immune system. Good hydration is important, along with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. These are the things that keep the whole family in tip-top, healthy condition this rainy season and beyond.
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