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What's Up with Parents Who Don't Protect Their Kids from the Sun?

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August 1, 2011

Kids Sun Protection

Sometimes I feel like my kids are over dressed for the beach. See, that’s them above enjoying the sand and surf in Kauai this weekend, and when you compare them to some of the other kids on the beach, especially the little girls in skimpy two-pieces and shirtless boys, there’s no denying that my kids are pretty covered up…complete with a sun hat, rash guard and a constant film of sunscreen sprayed on their skin.

Sure, my sun goes shirtless and my daughter has several cute sleeveless tankinis, but they usually only wear them when we swim in the evening. It just surprises me that my kids are usually in the minority when it comes to their swim attire, especially with everything we know about the hazards of the sun.

Take this family I met today. Dad and son were shirtless and mom and daughter were in 2-piece bathing suits. We were at Hanalei Beach for a solid five hours, and not once did they reapply sunscreen.  (I’m hoping they applied some before they arrived!).

And while the parents had enough sense to wear hats, the son and daughter?  Nope.  Sorry, but this is just wrong.  I don’t care if your kids don’t want to wear hats, but if you’re going to wear a hat, so should they.  Forgot their hats?  Give them yours.  Poor things were red as lobsters at the end of the day, and all I can say is…what a way to start a vacation.  And they just arrived yesterday!

So what do you think of parents who take a laissez-faire approach to kids and sun protection?  Does it make you just as upset as me?  Or do you think I’m making a big deal out of nothing?  Weigh in in the comments section below.

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