Thursday, November 22, 2012
Tips on bringing your child out this rainy holidays
Not sure if any mommies faced the same issues as me. As i had only become a SAHM officially for 3 weeks, and it happened to be year end where it's the rainy season.. it's impossible and not healthy for the child to really stay at home all day, so part of our SAHM days include excursions and outings too.
However, it's really not easy to cope to bring a child out and be trapped in heavy rain with thunderstorms.. so I have become experienced in planning the days too and would like to share some tips with fellow mommies for bringing your children out, especially for this rainy holiday season. :)
1) Make a list of places that you would like to bring your child to and the activities that you can do there. Have a mental note on how near and far the places are from your home.
2) Install the myENV App by the National Environment Agency on your iphone or search for the app on your android phone
3) Check the Weather forecast every morning (it's pointless to check at night for next day's weather or any in advance cos our weather forecast had been "showers with thunderstorm" every day for now! haha)
Click to "3hrs" for the most accurate weather prediction for all the regions in whole of Singapore for the next few hours. The app will tell you the weather by the different regions up to the certain timing as displayed on screen. You can even click on the + to zoom in to see a more detailed map and its weather forecast.
If the weather forecast report back a good result, you may bring your child out and leaves for home at least 30 mins before the time stated on the 3 hrs page (for example in the pic below will be till 6.00pm). Usually it works for me, so in the morning for example, i will check the weather forecast at 9am and 10am to check up till 1 to 2pm if it's gonna be raining. If the results return to be clear, i will quickly bring KD out and come back within the 1 to 2 hours. If it is going to rain within the next 3 hours, then I will plan for my indoor activities with your him. :)
4) If where you are located is raining now, you can also click on "Current" to check the current weather of your destination to see if it's feasible for you to brave the weather on where you are located to a more sunny place, hopefully.
So far, that's how i plan my days, at least for now. :) We have been to a few farms at Choa Chu Kang such as Bollywood Veggies & Qian Hu Fish Farm, Luncheons in town, Visits to Science Centre, Relatives house visiting etc.
On stay at home days, i also use this method to plan a good time to bring KD down to the playground as well. I prefer to bring him before it rains so that at least the ground is not wet. :)