This post is an entry for the BritMums #TearsintoSmiles Challenge, sponsored by Elastoplast.
We love spending time outdoors as a family. It’s a great way to enjoy some quality time together and have some fun. However, it’s not without challenges, especially when you throw a two year old into the mix. It’s certainly made us much more aware of safety issues, especially when we’re out walking or camping.
I spend a lot of my time encouraging families to spend more time outside, and with that comes a responsibility to make sure that everyone stays safe. It’s a fine line; I don’t want to discourage anyone, but neither do I want anybody to have an unpleasant experience and be put off for life.
Luckily, there a few simple precautions that you can take to make sure that the whole family enjoys their time in the great outdoors.
Firstly, make sure that everyone is adequately dressed for the conditions (and take spare clothes), take enough food and drink (and emergency rations) and also take a first aid kit with you. I carry a small kit in my walking rucksack, plus there’s always another in my car.
If your child should get hurt, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help soothe away the tears and minimise the drama. Of course, I am talking about minor bumps and scratches here, anything more serious and you must get medical help.
The most important thing is to stay calm. Believe me, I know that this is easier said than done! As a newish parent, it’s the thing I dread, my child getting hurt and not knowing what to do. Luckily I have had some first aid training through my job, and this certainly helps. I recommend that every parent should have some basic first aid training, if nothing else it will give you some confidence when dealing with minor injuries.
Once you’ve weighed up the situation, the next important step is to distract, distract, distract! I’ve lost count of the times I’ve danced around, pulled faces or sung a silly song to cheer Finn up and take his mind off things. A biscuit often helps at these times!
If I need to put on cream or a plaster, I try to turn it into a game. For example, I let Finn put a plaster on me, or pretend I’m Peso from the Octonauts (can’t be just me that’s far too invested in CBeebies characters).
If all else fails, there’s always the good old ‘kiss it better’ method, which never fails to work!
What are your tried and tested ways to turn #TearsintoSmiles?