One hot mama’s tips for keeping your cool

I am one hot mama. You can tell by the flushed cheeks and sweat dripping down my back. I mean, geez, Benny, I’m baking like a toasted cheeser!

And who wouldn’t be? Summer on the ball field or soccer sidelines is pretty steamy stuff. It makes things downright uncomfortable, and high temps can lead to serious health conditions including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. So in the spirit of helping you keep your cool, here are a few tips from the last of the red hot mamas.

Can find shade? Make it

Find some shade
Obvious, I know, but easier said than done, since shade trees are hard to come by at the fields. So get inventive and make your own shade. A shade umbrella  is about as easy as it gets. You can tie a tarp or a blanket over the top of the dugout to keep the sun away from the players. Pop-up portable canopies are easy to set up on the sidelines and offer great Three Stooges opportunities when setting up and taking them down. (I’d put our softball parents up against anyone in the canopy erection competition.) My canopy chair has saved me some serious sunburn and is also lightweight and easy to carry. It’s got the added benefit of saving me from foul balls to the head. Read the rest of this entry »