Take the scream out of applying sunscreen

One of the biggest challenges parents face each summer is getting sunscreen on kids.

One of our biggest mistakes is trying to do too much too fast.

The biggest tip for tear free sun screen application is schedule it. It means as a parent you have to allow time for it in your morning routine, just like brushing teeth and putting on shoes, this way it’s not a surprise and reduces resistance.

1) Allow 5 minutes per child, 1 minute per limb and 1 minute for face. I know it’s hard to find that extra time but it’s easier than spending 10 minutes with the eye wash when the sunscreen went in an eye!

2) Try to think of this as quality time, I know it sounds odd but really it does help to change your mindset. After rushing around getting dressed, breakfasted, bags gathered I have come to quite enjoy these few calm minutes. It’s also a useful time to inventory cuts and bruises and it reminds me of when they were little babies and I used to massage lotion in after bathtime.

3) Diversion/reward – Our children don’t get screen time in the morning but if they sit still while I rub sunscreen on they are allowed 10 minutes of TV, this is a huge incentive and they are so absorbed I could be smothering them in ants and they wouldn’t mind!

Remember sun protection only works if you put it on!


50+UPF Sunny Sleevez

About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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4 Responses to Take the scream out of applying sunscreen

  1. Great idea to offer TV time while applying!

  2. kmom14 says:

    To get my son, who is now 18, to use sunscreen means making it fun, like the kind that sprays on or changes color.

  3. qualitytw says:

    Quality time is always good to do especially applying the sun screen. Spraying makes it fun too for kids.

  4. I love your title of the post “Take the Scream out of applying sunscreen”.

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