Keeping Kids Safe Outside This Summer: The Mom Hour, Episode 54

Despite its easy-breezy reputation and our best intentions for laid-back fun, summer can bring up some safety concerns from parents. From heatstroke to water safety, sunburns to bug bites, summer parenting keeps us on our toes when it comes to health and safety.

Don’t get us wrong: We want our kids outdoors, playing freely, and enjoying childhood this summer. But we also want to be prepared with the right information, products, and awareness to stay healthy. Episode 54 is all about finding that balance.

Join Meagan and Sarah for a frank discussion about keeping kids safe outdoors this summer, and how as moms we can set an example for healthy habits like applying sunscreen regularly, drinking plenty of water, and modeling behaviors like wearing bike helmets or staying in the shade.

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Sponsor Spotlight

We’re thrilled to welcome Neutrogena as our sponsor for this episode of The Mom Hour! Neutrogena is the #1 dermatologist-recommended suncare brand on the market, and their sunscreens offer breakthrough technologies to provide adults and kids with advanced protection from the sun.

neutrogena-logo_enDespite our best efforts, skin cancer continues to be a health epidemic in the US – on average, more than 350 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every hour ¬¬- even though it is one of the most preventable cancers. This summer Neutrogena is encouraging moms to teach sun-safe behaviors to their children by setting a good example.

Research shows that kids grow up mimicking what mom does – and with sunscreen application it’s no different.  To help our listeners practice sun-safety this summer Neutrogena is giving away #MimicMommy kits (product information below) to 10 lucky listeners!

Expert Interview

We also teamed up with Neutrogena to get the 411 on what moms need to know about sun safety this summer. During this episode you’ll hear from dermatologist Dr. Zeichner and his wife, Cori, with us to talk about how they make sun-safety a priority for their two kids and to clear up, from a dermatological and mom perspective, some of the common misconceptions about sunscreen.

#MimicMommy Sunscreens

Resources & Products Mentioned in Episode 54

#MimicMommy Neutrogena Sunscreen Giveaway

Neutrogena Sunscreen #MimicMommy Giveway!

Want to win some great dermatologist-recommended sunscreens for yourself and your family? Of course you do! To enter to win a #MimicMommy Kit from Neutrogena (made up of the four products listed above):

  1. Post a photo showing how you make sun-safety fun for your kids and encourage them to #MimicMommy on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter tagging @Neutrogena and @TheMomHour and using the hashtag #MimicMommy.
  2. Leave us a comment here on the blog post with a link to your social media post/photo. 10 lucky listeners of The Mom Hour will be selected by random drawing from the comments on this post!

Contest runs through June 15, 2016. Winners will be contacted by email (please leave a valid email when you comment below) and will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize.

Can’t wait to see pics of you and your kids practicing sun-safety every day!

#MimicMommy Neutrogena Sunscreen Giveaway 2

Help Prevent Skin Cancer

Not sure how to have “the talk” about sun safety with your kids? Check out this funny video from Neutrogena and Kristen Bell.

Even better, for every video share, Neutrogena® will donate $1 to the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation – a non-profit educational organization committed to preventing skin cancer through comprehensive sun safety and melanoma awareness programs for families.

PS – A few more links! – Here’s the photo of Sarah’s second grader’s “8 days of torture/fun,” Meagan’s family photo from Jacob’s graduation, and that hilarious McSweeney’s essay by Kimberly Harrington: Are you sure there isn’t something else I can do before the end of the school year? Enjoy!


  1. Great show. Super informative. How do you handle your child going to a friends house to go swimming (without me being there)? My son is 6.5 and is a decent swimmer but it still makes me nervous. Also do you have any rules for your child when they sleepover
    at a friends house?


    Thanks for a great episode! I have been especially vigilant about outdoor safety/sun safety this summer and your episode was a great encouragement to keep doing that while also letting kids grow up 🙂 thanks for the giveaway too!

  3. Great episode! We love neutragena sun products 🙂 hope to win!

  4. Help, I misspelled my email address on my post 🙁 I will include the correct email in this one! Sorry about that! I caught it as the page loaded, and it was too late!

  5. My kids have inherited their dad’s fair skin (plus, I have some AWFUL “rotisserie” sunbathing/burning experiences in my past) so sunscreen is a must! We use Neutrogena products regularly (as you can see here — what a great partnership!

  6. We are working on our sun smart routine here in Chicago!

  7. Here’s one member of our family sporting his sun hat. Im loving our Neutrogina wet skin kids sunscreen as well.

  8. I thought you mentored you would include a link to the helmets you get for your kids? I would like that, thanks!

  9. I am trying one last time to do this right, even though I think this ended yesterday. I tried to follow my own link and it didn’t seem to work. So here it is again-the kids wearing hats while riding the swan boats in the Boston Public Garden-so excited to be sun smart and see where Make Way for Ducklings was inspired! And kudus to the parks there-they had sunscreen dispensers! I had never seen that!

  10. We’ve had lots of time to practice sun safety while on vacation this week. Would love to win! Thanks!

  11. I really love your podcast! But I do feel this episode had a much more commercialized/sponsored feel than any others. There are multiples studies showing that many chemicals used in sunscreens can be harmful, and just because they’re FDA approved doesn’t mean they are safe. The FDA does not restrict nearly as many ingredients and chemicals that are proven or suspected to be harmful as regulating bodies in many other countries do. I know there were questions about the safety of chemical sunscreens addressed in the show, but having the answers come from a dermatologist that was provided by Neutrogena seems quite misleading and biased. I do feel every parent has the right to make choices for their family that work for them, and that sun exposure is absolutely something we all need to be aware of and take appropriate safeguards for. But if the goal of the episode was the sharing of information with parents who are looking for information about sun safety, this felt one sided. Like I said, I’m a huge fan of your podcast but I was just disappointed in the tone of this particular sponsored section,l.

    • Joyce, I completely agree. I love The Mom Hour but I wA disappointed in this episode. Especially with the dismissive way in which he addressed the safety concerns of many parents.

      I also thought the whole thing about making your kids stay under the umbrella shade at the beach was a bit over the top but I’m not a beach person anyway.

  12. Catie Parrish June 15, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Shared this cute photo of my son and I sunscreen-ing last week:

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