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Stay Safe this Summer – and Keep Your Parents Happy!

School is winding down and the temperature is on its way up. That means you’re looking forward to one thing only: Summer! What lies ahead of you are three full months of swimming, biking, camping, fishing, baseball, softball and most importantly – no school. Summer also means added freedom during the day. It’s important to remember that this newfound freedom can be contingent on keeping your parents happy. We’re not talking about doing anything crazy, like mowing the lawn for them every week – although that won’t hurt.


What’s really important is just making sure that you’re being safe when active this summer, and that your parents know it. That’s the key to having a truly great summer. The simple tips below will help make sure you not only stay safe, but also give your parents peace of mind this summer.


Protect Yourself from the Sun

Use SunscreenUse Sunscreen

Use sunscreen when you know you’ll be outside for a prolonged period of time to protect your skin from sunburn and more serious problems. It doesn’t take long to apply, and can save you lots of suffering later. Wear a hat to lessen sun exposure to the face and neck – two spots extremely vulnerable to contact with the sun.


Check-in Regularly

Phone HomePhone Home

Communication is key throughout the summer – especially if one or both of your parents work during the day. Try to check in with them regularly. Even if it’s a simple text message, a quick note will keep them happy and may even make them more willing to give you additional freedom during the day.


Travel in Groups

Stay in a GroupStay in a Group

Chances are you’ll spend most of the summer traveling around the neighborhood riding bikes, playing games or just hanging out. Try to move around in groups whenever possible. It sounds cliché, but there is safety in numbers, especially in the evenings when it starts to get dark.


Remember the Rules of the Road

Bike SafeBike Safe

Since you’re out and about all throughout the summer, it’s important to know some basic traffic safety rules. Ride your bike on the sidewalk and always wear a helmet. It’s also important to make sure you’re crossing the street only at lights and/or crosswalks to ensure your safety. Again, it sounds simple but can really save you a lot of trouble this summer.


Cool Off Occasionally

Stay CoolStay Cool

You may feel like you want to cram as much as you can into every summer day, but don’t forget to take breaks to cool off during long summer days outside. Chances are your parents have a fan or even a portable air conditioner around the house – so use it! If you’re out and about, find a shady tree to sit under to recharge your battery once in a while. A local community pool can also be a great way to cool down on a hot day.


Mike Tennant is a freelance writer and columnist focusing on health and lifestyle topics. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mike currently works with Air Conditioner Home as an online developer and consultant, and still wishes he hadn’t grown up.


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SnowAngel15
SnowAngel15 posted in Friends:
Monday-Friday, I have to deal with this girl, now none of you know me, so you can't really say I don't do this, but I'll just say it anyway, I don't like being mean, and I HATE talking bad about people I rarely ever do it, but this is just something I can't even fathom. Two of my best friends just got hurt because of her. You'd think that being in an ONLINE SCHOOL this would never happen but it did and it did not go well. I'm a straight A student, I'm a sophomore and I take both 10th grade and 11th grade courses, I'm also doing Advanced Honors and next year I hope to be able to do college courses AND high school courses, anyway. This girl joined our school last year she acts cool like she does all this stuff and every guy falls for it but I've thrown little tests here and there and she's even admitted to me that most of the things she claims to do are lies. She always bullies my friends and I get involved but then my other classmates try to say "You're being mean to her leave her alone!" I of course don't care if she's mean to me but my friends are off limits. So then she starts asking me for help with her school because  I help other students in my free time she was refusing to listen and didn't do well on the quiz and she tells me "I THOUGHT you were supposed to help!?" So she kept asking me for help now I love my teachers and respect them she asked one of them to come into the room because she refused to listen to me, and I was polite and nice like usual and she said "You sure do like your teachers." I called her on it and she was shocked I did. Then I was helping two of my best friends. They are friends with her but I don't get involved, now this girl let's call her Maggie likes the guy let's call him John. John liked her and told me to tell Maggie and I did they were about to get together when this girl the bully begged him to date her instead. He said yes, now this bully has a new boyfriend every other week, and he started being mean to Maggie after he started dating the bully. She just dumped him when he tried to come back into Maggie's life I started snapping him out and being very crude towards him. Is what I did right?
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vwala_12
vwala_12 posted in Family Issues:
They mean what does there family think about them
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vwala_12
vwala_12 posted in Family Issues:
I think you come out great even though I don’t have any you do you and people will love your personali
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NightSpoon
Okay lots of fandoms out there going up to these forum posts above but, tell your family plenty of nice things out there with the fandom you're in. If they don't like it, its their lost. Their opinion is their lost woopdedoo. But if they're all disgusted and trying to force you to """""live like a normal being"""""(Realize everyone's different and I doubt this would happen), dont mind to them. You be you. Whatever makes you happy and joyful about something.
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catsarecute334
catsarecute334 posted in Friends:
tell your mom! Trust me I know. There was this one time I downloaded Roblox on my mom's computer. Once she found out, she got SUPER mad at me and banned me from downloading anything without her permission. A few months later, I asked if I could download Roblox again and she said yes. Totally tell your mom it is not worth it to keep a secret, especially from parents.
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