Yeah, I know... You don't want to talk about ticks... I don't either... but we must. Like it or not, if we're going to go out and explore with our children, we have to address the fact that there are things that can cause concern. And the best way to alleviate concern or fear is to be prepared, and to talk about it. So, we have to talk about ticks. I'll be honest, ticks are probably one of my biggest mama worries when it comes to kids and the outdoors, and last year we had terrible ticks in our yard! Getting good information helped me prevent bites and bring my worry down. I saw my first tick of the year a couple weeks ago, and it reminded me of this great woe of warm weather - it's officially tick season!
So what do you need to know about ticks? Here are the basics:
Want to learn more, straight from the source? Here are some resources:
The bottom line is that yes, we need to be cautious about ticks. Preventing bites is the best way to prevent disease. As parents, it is our job to protect our children! However, we can't let our fear keep our children indoors. The benefits of being outdoors with our children are HUGE, and especially if we take the steps above, the risk of disease is low. Be prepared, and get outside! I would love to know in the comments: Did this information help alleviate some fear for you? What other outdoor fears do you have?