Five Ways to Keep the Family Cool This Summer
Until a week ago, I was fairly sure that my entire household was going to melt from the heat. With a 94 degree heat index, I was seriously considering moving my home office into our freezer.
The kids swore they were dying, that their brains were melting with every thought or movement they were forced to have. Here’s what we learned with all the heat surrounding us; as the weather heated up, so did we. And not just physically, but emotionally too. Our emotions would run high, tempers would flare at the thought of someone breathing the same hot, humid air as someone else and when that happened… volcanoes started to form inside my home.
We had to get creative and quick or it seemed like my entire house was on the verge of a meltdown. Here are some of the creative ways we’re keeping cool this summer.
Water Fights are king in my house. Squirt guns, empty dish soap bottles and anything that will hold water becomes an instant weapon of hydrating destruction. Last week my boys surprised me by turning an empty bread bag into a gigantic water balloon. Now they didn’t throw it at each other but they did have a blast seeing how many times they had to throw it at the ground before it burst.
Taking a drive and changing up the scenery can often times cool us off. Even if we’re just headed to the store; getting the car and going down the road with the windows down and feeling the wind on our faces gives us an instant frigid blast.
Ice cream parties aren’t regular occurrences out in the middle of the country so when the urge strikes us for some ice cream (which is often in my house) we have an ice cream party. Hot fudge sundaes, milk shakes and crazy whipped concoctions complete with sprinkles top off the excitement. It’s hard to feel like you’re melting when you’re downing a triple decker hot fudge sundae with whipped cream.
It’s hard to believe but frequent cool showers and baths help keep our inner temperatures down and also keep us smelling fabulous when the weather gets hot and sticky. When the thermometer rises, I run for the shower for a quick cool down. The kids lounge in the tub with a tepid bath and lots of bubbles. To help keep them cool before bedtime, a light dousing of baby powder goes on all the places where perspiration likes to creep in.
The best way I can think of to keep my family cool during the hot summer weather is packing every one into the car for a trip to grandpa’s house. I’ll be honest, my dad has air conditioning and a swimming pool, and we don’t. But a pool is just a pool and air conditioning only cools you as long as you’re in it. Even if I never step foot in the pool, I am instantly cooled and calmed just sitting on the back porch, swinging on the swing and talking to my dad. There’s something about watching the kids play in the pool or run the go-carts around the yard that keeps me thinking breezy cool thoughts so I don’t even notice the heat.
I’d love to hear your ideas for keeping cool this summer. How do you keep your family from melting in the heat?