Apr 25, 2019
I'm big on sun care. My husband laughs at me about it sometimes, that any time our kids are outdoors I'm the overprotective helicopter parent who is slathering her kids in sunscreen and making sure they wear a hat. Ideally when it's super sunny I don't even keep them outside for long, because for better or worse they inherited my pale skin.
I guess since we have just come out of winter (there was still snow on the ground earlier this month!) that I haven't been as diligent with the sunscreen as I needed to be, because my daughter came home from school the other day with a sunburned face and ears - to the point that her ear has a blister on it from the sunburn.
I'm mad at myself for not pre-empting this - they've only started going back outside recently, and the day she got burned was surprisingly sunny as the day wore on. But I'm even more mad at the school for keeping the kids outside for as long as they would have for my kid to get as burned as badly as she did on a mild temperature spring day.
We have the policy back home where there's a strict "no hat, no play" rule for most schools - I guess it's the byproduct of growing up in Australia where there's a hole in the ozone layer right over us, it's just part and parcel of life. Classrooms have giant pump packs of sunscreen and you just get so used to covering yourself in it that you assume that's kind of the standard.
Apparently not, eh?
After spending the last several years in the beating heart of Tokyo, I will be spending the next three in the countryside of Japan. I adore this country and all it has to offer - and I'm always learning more and more about life here as I go along!