- Sand or grass in their toes
- Loud and bright fireworks
- Large display of foods
- Itchy swimsuits and large bodies of water
- Large crowds
- Late nights and delayed bed times
- Disruption in routine
Here's some ways we can help prepare your child for the festivities
Create a picture schedule and talk about what the day/weekend may entail
- Squeeze in some nap time! This may be especially helpful when the nights get later than usual and their routine is out of whack.
- Bring familiar foods along in a cooler to avoid the dreaded pot luck that has nothing they will eat.
- Identify a safe spot that they can meet you when they are feeling overwhelmed.
- Bring the ear buds or head phones to help soften the sound of the those loud fireworks that go 'boom'!
- Provide them with calming techniques prior to heading outside.
- Discuss safety in situations with water nearby.
- Wear the right gear! Ensure their swimsuit or shoes are good to go for the day to keep things moving smoothly. Bring a preferred change of clothes just in case.
- If you are avoiding the crowds and staying in, look into a white noise machine to help them sleep through all the noise.
- Don't forget the sunscreen and plenty of water!
Be safe and have fun!