Solutions to Summer Bummers
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New Jersey Family has published some great advice about serious summer issues like avoiding Lyme disease and protecting kids’ ears during fireworks. Wondering about other serious issues, like why West Nile has been so rampant and whether July’s record-breaking heat means global warming is worse than we thought? Can’t help you there, but here are some common, not-so-serious-except-when-you’re-experiencing-them summer bummers for which I’ve finally found solutions.
Bummer #1: I can’t find a bathing suit that covers what needs to be covered but doesn’t make me look 70 years old.
Solution: The skirted MagicSuit tankini by Victoria’s Secret. One word of caution: I have actually pulled a muscle trying to stuff myself into this suit. But let me tell you, it was worth it. I don’t know how, but this suit manages to fully cover problem spots while still looking mildly sexy. Genius! You can see the top here. The skirted bottom is sold out for the season (don’t worry, they always bring it back!), but you can see a similar one here.
Bummer #2: My elementary school-age kids want to go swimming all the time, but taking them to the beach/lake/town pool is a big pain.
Solution: Two words: Intex pool. Let’s face it: Sometimes a day at the beach is no day at the beach, if you know what I mean (and I think you do). This summer, my family got a 12’ x 30” Intex pool, which cost us about $150 and requires minimal care. We chose one with a metal frame, since I heard from friends and online reviews that, without that support, the sides of the pool can cave in if your lawn isn’t perfectly level. It’s three feet deep so my 5-year-old can stand in it, but it isn’t too babyish for my 8-year-old and her friends.
Some of my most relaxing summer moments were spent sitting on the deck with my mom friends while the kids played in the pool (we even went in ourselves once or twice!). If you’re a working mom, letting the kids go for a quick swim after dinner makes a nice ending to a hectic summer day (much more relaxing then schlepping them to the town pool and facing an absurdly late bedtime).
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