We’re officially in the heart of summer, and many kids with divorced parents spend a large chunk of their 88-on-average-days a year with their non-custodial parent during this season. In fact, you’ve probably already started prepping and childproofing your house for your own kids’ staycation with you.
Whether your children are going across town to spend a few weeks with you or they’re traveling to another state, it’s important that you’re prepared and your house is safe. Whether they care or not that your art is part of the collective market value of $64 billion or not, keeping your home kid-friendly is essential. That said, here are a few tips to get your home family-friendly this summer.
Make sure you’ve done your seasonal maintenance
It’s important that your kids feel safe and comfortable while they’re living with you. That means before they arrive, you want to be sure you’ve done any seasonal maintenance you’ve been avoiding around the house.
For instance, your roof should be inspected at least once a year, and your HVAC system ought to receive maintenance twice a year. The last thing you want is for your HVAC system to go out during the hottest days of the year. Additionally, make sure your yard has been tended to. A well-maintained lawn helps reduce allergens like ragweed.
Make sure your home is secure against all intruders
It’s true that up to 2 million home burglaries are reported in the U.S. every year, but burglars aren’t the only home invaders you need to secure your house against during the summer.
Certain pests such as mosquitoes and ticks can quickly turn a fun summer vacation into a miserable time. Like rats and mice, which can spread more than 35 diseases, mosquitoes and other insects can spread a wide number of illnesses.
To help keep your children safe from these pests, use bug spray when your child goes outside and make sure their skin is covered. Ticks like to hide in the tall grass and mosquitoes will try to find any patch of bare skin they can.
Childproof your home office
For both custodial parents and non-custodial parents alike, it’s important to childproof your home office during the summer months when the kids are in your home more often. Start by keeping all of your electronics on your desk and out of your kids’ reach.
Use socket protectors to block unsafe sockets and keep loose cabling out of your child’s way. Kids are curious and it doesn’t take much for that curiosity to lead to danger. Even if your parents are some of the 47 million seniors in the U.S. that help you out, childproofing is definitely a must when it comes to the home office.
Another easy way to childproof your home office is to put a password on your computer and your phone so that your kids only use them when supervised.
Childproof your furniture
Kids have more energy during the summer months when they’re free from the responsibilities of school and they’re not tuckered out from after-school activities. That means furniture you might not otherwise be worried about falling over could have an accidental push.
Keep your kids safe by mounting your furniture to the wall and floors. It’s also a good idea to cover the corners of pointy furniture such as metal chairs, desks, or tables with something soft to prevent injuries.
It’s important to keep your home safe for you and your kids year-round. If you’re one of the 82% of Americans who appreciate an extra bit of sleep, make sure you put your mind at ease this season. By following the tips above, you can be sure to have a fun summer as a family without worrying about pests or broken air conditioning systems.