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Be Flexible This Summer

By Rachel Shouse

Some folks complain about the snow that they get in the winter months. They probably know little to nothing about how hot summers can be in certain states. Northerners can understand the difficulty of keeping kids busy during rough seasons though. Fortunately for us, there are some ways to keep kids busy indoors, as being outside is akin to melting. There are also some healthy and hydrating foods and drinks you can offer to your kids as well.

Stay Inside and Out of Your Hair

Kids are tiny balls of energy. Containing all of it can feel impossible. It's time to get creative with your kids.

Ask your kids - Parents can plan all day long. It doesn't guarantee that your kids are going to be interested. Ask your kids what they'd like to do. You may be surprised. My kids like to sit and play with toys next to me when I'm working. 

Include friends - No matter your child's age, making friends can't hurt. Inviting a friend over once a week can boost your child's mood and demeanor. This helps not only that day, but the following days as well.

Have some fun - Go to your local dollar store and set your children free. My family recently had a balloon party. We spent less than $10 and now have a closet full of balloons. My husband and I managed to watch a movie together while they played.

Drinks and Snacks for Your Kids

Getting outside is great for your family. At some point though, someone's going to get sweaty. Staying hydrated when you're outside can be the difference between a great family outing and an unwanted trip to the hospital. Heat stroke can sneak up on folks. In order to combat that, here are some drinks and foods that will help rehydrate you.

Did you know that celery, like watermelon and iceberg lettuce, provides your body with a surprising amount of water? Celery has a strong flavor for being "watered down." Cooking it doesn't remove all of the benefits by the way. It does help reduce the flavor for those who may not be so fond of it.

Drinking water is No. 1. After that, it's wise to replenish your electrolytes. Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals that happen naturally in your body. These minerals help balance the water in your body. They also promote healthy pH levels. 

Regardless of your restrictions this summer, try to make it a good one. The world has been rocked and that impacted everyone. Try to have some fun. Don't let problems outside of your control impact the memories you could be making. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tempe, Ariz.

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