To not send my DC into school with sunhats tomorrow?
NeoMaxiZoomDweebie · 03/06/2013 13:14
Just had a txt about it. "Please send your children into school wearing sunhats" We dont' go back till tomorrow.
Mine never wear them. One hates hats and the other isn't bothered but always takes them off.
They're 8 and 5. It's not like we live in a really hot country ffs. We made them wear them when we were in Oz if we were out for more than half an hour.
But really, what's going to happen to them during their 15 minute playtime? Also....since they don't HAVE hats now, if I am being unreasonable and must go out and buy them, what kind shall I get?
malteserzz · 03/06/2013 13:17
If they don't have hats they might not be allowed out to play. Schools have to be careful about children getting burnt and it's good for them to get used to wearing a hat in the sun. As for what sort I'd go to asda or primark and get a few cheap ones for school in case they get lost!
LindyHemming · 03/06/2013 13:20
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IwishIwasmoreorganised · 03/06/2013 13:20
I think YABU.
No we don't live in a really hot country but the sun here can still do damage. I think it's good that schools are trying to protect our dc and teach them about staying safe in the sun.
Are your dc really only outdoors for 15 minutes a day? Ours often spend prolonged periods outside not just for breaks but doing work too so I have no issue with sending hats and applying sun cream as the school requests.
Our 2 have these so that thier ears are covered too.
MaisyMooCow · 03/06/2013 13:21
Just pop into a supermarket or Primark and pick up a cheap one.
We might not be a 'hot country' but when the sun shines the temperature are just as hot and dangerous as when you're abroad. It only takes a few minutes to get burnt and if you are burnt even once your risk of skin cancer in the future increases.
livinginwonderland · 03/06/2013 13:23
It's possible the school won't let them out to play if they don't have one on, so I would just go out and buy something cheap.
And YABU to think they might not get burnt just because this isn't Australia. I know the sun is much hotter there (I'm an Aussie!) but I've still been badly burnt sitting out in the sun in the UK for 1/2 an hour too.
Idocrazythings · 03/06/2013 13:33
Sunscreen applied in the morning wears off.
The SPF of sunscreen might not be high enough.
Sunscreen expires. Not needing to use it that much, how long have you had it? If children are applying it themselves how do you know they haven't missed a bit? Also did you know it has to be smoothed on to soak in, not rubbed in- otherwise it's not as effective.
A hat (proper one) is much better, you can always not wear it going to the car for them to get their vitamin d dose. You only need 10 min exposure. But skin damage will occur quite quickly and before burning.
Please put them in a sun hat.
TigOldBitties · 03/06/2013 13:35
I see where you're coming from. My DC don't even own sun hats. I tried when they were babies but gave up quickly.
When we go to very hot places, like Jamaica, I can't even get them to wear hats then, it certainly won't happen in this country.
My DC are mixed race so have dark skin, probably darker than your DC so I think we probably have different attitudes than parents of children who are white or pale.
fluckered · 03/06/2013 13:36
how dare they ask for sun hats when minding your children and now you have to cycle to shop to get them? oh the inconvenience suck it up and get them ffs. so trivial. and just because they have olive skin its very silly of you to think the sun wont effect them. they may not burn but can still get heat stroke etc. and unless you work there how do you know how long they will be out in the sun. its not a big deal. get them. put them in their bags.
BeckAndCall · 03/06/2013 13:37
My eldest, now 22, got horribly burned in half an hour in the back garden on may 3 rd - no even summer- when he was 15monhs old. He was out there painting with the nanny and she didn't realise the sun would be so hot and that he would burn so easily.
Of course kids can burn in half an hour at the height of summer. Don't make your kids learn that the hard way.
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