I mean what Mama doesn’t need nifty hacks for keeping kids healthy during the Summer months? Wether you are surviving the school holidays or troublesome toddlers, it can be tough getting through the heat, keeping children entertained whilst trying to keep them healthy and yourself not feeling drained, exhausted and in need of an entire bottle of wine every evening! My little dude loves days out and can get pretty stir crazy if we keep him inside so we try and go on outdoors adventures frequently, but this does often mean that the heat and humidity can lead to tantrums and exhaustion and I never thought we’d be able to get through them without the lure os crisps and treats; but using these super easy hacks I have managed to survive the Summer months with a healthy troublesome two toddler and had fun along the way!
Wondering wether to brave going out without the pram? It is a question I have been asking myself frequently recently (See my *Musing* on this) as we enter the stage in our little mans life where he is becoming more independent and is wanting to roam free when we are out and about. The worry however, when you have a wild child like mine, is wether or not they will stay with you; will they just bolt? Will they come back when you ask them to? Will they understand what happens if they loose you? It has been a lengthy transition and we do still use the pram at times but I have learnt a lot and can offer you some top tips to hep you go it pram free!
Although sometimes I do lust after a more carefree and possibly non-UK way of life, I am surprised and also so thankful for the places we have right on our doorstep. I like to find places to take the little dude in the surrounding areas near where we live in Hampshire that are low in cost and super fun; you can read all of my other reviews of amazing places right here on the blog too! Yesterday me and amazing fellow Mama Carly Stirling took the bambinos to The New Forest on an adventure through Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary; needless to say it was incredibly fun and exploratory for the kids and actually quite relaxing for us too!
We love a family day out in the Rock and Roses Mama household and after receiving a years membership to The National Trust we made it our mission to go on lots of adventures with our orange passes onto the wild! The summer months (I realise we in May and technically it should really be sunny right about now but the sunshine has not so much had ones hat on recently!) will make for much better experiences as most places are outdoors, but we thought we would give Hindhead Commons and The Devils Punch Bowl a shot in the questionable weather; and we loved it!
So every week we try and take the small man on a family day out; an adventure, work permitting. We were lucky enough to be gifted National Trust membership for Christmas so we have been looking up our local National Trust haunts (yeah… so I totally downloaded the National Trust app in order to do this… “you know your getting old when…”) and collated all of the super cool places that we want to take the little dude. Although it is not a National Trust site and actually belongs to English Heritage, we took inspiration from my fellow Mummy Blogger and Rockin’ Mama Carly Stirling and her gorgeous fam and set our sights on Portchester Castle in Hampshire.
I don’t know about you and your fam but my lovely men aren’t much for exploration of local parks in the winter months; much like bears they tend to hibernate inside and then emerge when the crisp goes from the air and the days are brighter. The summer holds so much more for us in terms of the great outdoors but I have been determined to get my little soldier out into the wild and run free. So last weekend we went for a springtime explore of our local ‘Stanley Park’.