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Creating An Outdoor Play Area

Being a grandma is a blast! I get to have all of the fun, but get to send her home at the end of the day. Sounds like the dream life, right? It is. But, there have been quite a few things that we have done to prepare our lives and our homes to be safe for little ones. One of the things that we have done is created an outdoor play area. This play area needs to be safe (most importantly) and it needs to be comfortable for me because let’s face it – I can’t stand AS long as I used to be able to if I am out there for hours and hours and hours. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in good shape, but 3-4 hours (or more) definitely calls for a break here and there. Here are a few tips when it comes to creating an outdoor play area for your children or grandchildren:

Goodbye Poison Ivy

Remove all of the dangerous plants, like poison ivy and poison oak. This should be your first step! I don’t know about you, but I do not know a single mom or grandma that has the time to take care of kids that are covered in itchy rashes from being exposed to poison ivy. In addition, in some people, it can even cause blistering and anaphylaxis. Just go ahead and remove it for your sanity and for the kids safety. According to HGTV, “Dealing with poison ivy at home is manageable, but requires vigilance even after treatment. Even after plants have been removed, roots may be overlooked, resulting in the return of the unwanted plant. Try any of these methods for successful eradication, but always wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and gloves when working around poison ivy. Even light contact can end with painful results.”

Add A Barrier

If you live on a busy street, or if you cannot see the street from your home, I would highly recommend adding some type of fence to keep the kids and your pets contained within the yard. Once the kids are a certain age, you may find yourself taking bathroom breaks, or doing dishes while looking out the window. Or, maybe you busy yourself with some laundry, a book, or you are working, or looking at your phone, which is okay. Either way, all of your attention is not on your children and you want to make sure they stay safe. 

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Keep Water In Mind

If you have a pool, river, pond, lake, or any type of water, please make sure your children can not accidentally get in it and drown. Teach the kids safety lessons and teach them how to swim, starting at an early age, if their parents are okay with it. Above and beyond teaching them, also prevent a possible slip or jump in the water by somehow adding a safety precaution.

Think About Sprays

If you get your yard sprayed for pest or mosquito control, just think about that before letting the kids run outside. There is a certain amount of time that you are supposed to wait before playing in the yard. I feel like this is a pretty obvious point and there is not a whole lot to say on the matter, but just please be aware! 

Keep An Eye Out

Keeping an eye out is essential. I know that you cannot always be there every single second. Things happen like having to go to the bathroom like I mentioned above, or maybe you are in the middle of cooking dinner. I get it! Just keep in mind that accidents happen when people are least expecting them, so as long as you are aware about what the children are doing, you are headed down the right path!

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