Feeling hot, hot, hot!
Well hello, summer 2016 and all the heat and humidity that you’ve brought to Muscatine thus far! Wow, I’m sweating just thinking about how humid it has been, and we’re only in June! What is August going to be like? I may have to move somewhere cold, or at least invest in more shirts that are ventilated. Having young kids also puts the heat into perspective for me. While I joke about not liking being hot, I do enjoy being outside during the summer.
Paying attention to how my boys are doing with the heat is something that, as a relatively new parent, I have to keep an eye on. My youngest, who is 19 months, has a built-in signal for when he’s running hot: rosy cheeks. Thanks to the Irish blood flowing through our veins, we’re easily able to identify when the baby needs to cool down. My eldest, however, will push for being outside as long as possible. That kid doesn’t care if it’s 100 or -10 below, he’s ready to brave the elements, all for the sake of having fun.
So what is the proper balance? You don’t want to appear to be lazy or the parent that keeps their kids inside, but you also don’t want to be the parent that has the kids running amok with sunburn. Luckily, here in Muscatine we have options when it comes to beating the heat with kids. One place that we visit often is the Environmental Learning Center. I’m a HUGE fan of that place for a variety of reasons, the main one being that it is always cool! Not to mention all the great exhibits they have that my kids love checking out.
Where are some places you take the kids or grandkids to beat the heat? I’d love to hear them! Email me at [email protected] and remember, as temps continue to climb, check on those who might not be turning on their air conditioning. I think of my grandparents, who lived with only fans for so long before air conditioning became a mainstay. I don’t know how they did it! Here’s to keeping cool this summer, and my hair looking ridiculous thanks to the humidity!