to wish I could still boss my adult DC about regarding sun cream?
UsernameInvalid66 · 20/06/2017 08:13
DC (20 and nearly 19) are home from uni. DC1 was white-blond until the age of about 14, is now mousey but with very fair/reddish eyebrows and eyelashes, and very pale and freckly. DC2 is not quite as fair and used to tan quite easily as a small child, but doesn't go outside as much now and is currently quite pale, and got sunburnt legs the other day despite using sun cream (sweated it all off and didn't re-apply enough, I suspect). If we all go out together they will use it but moan and imply that we're being too strict to even suggest it, if they're on their own they just don't seem to bother.
Yesterday the two of them went into town together for several hours without using any sun cream and I told them I thought it was very silly of them - "oh, but we were inside most of the time!" Yeah, right, but they walked in in the first place and it was crazy hot yesterday!
I'm not going to keep browbeating them about this all summer - I recognise that I have no right. But it annoys and worries me that they won't take it seriously. I probably won't even still be around when/if it comes back to bite them on the bum. AIBU to be a bit sad that they won't listen?
UsernameInvalid66 · 20/06/2017 15:13
AdalindSchade DC2 had already been burnt once before yesterday but I don't think they were further burnt yesterday by some miracle.
The trouble with "learning the hard way" is that it could potentially mean getting skin cancer one day - and I doubt if they'll even make the connection that far down the line. It's funny how they don't smoke or take crazy risks with extreme sports etc, because they know that's dangerous, but this particular risk doesn't seem that important to them...
I have to admit I don't enjoy wearing sun cream myself. I'm having to put it on before work at the moment as my job involves being outside in the middle of the day, and I'm not given any time to put it on then, so I feel sticky and sweaty before I've even started! But it's just not something I would want to skimp on, however annoying it is.
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