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Three ways for dads to fight the sun

Just like that, it’s May. The new month could mean several things for the great dads of America. First, it might mean that you’re mildly in debt and have sworn off betting on horses (until you see the can’t-miss odds for the Preakness).

It could mean that you’re willing to duck out of work early to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, despite that fact that you may not be Mexican or even confident that the holiday has anything to do with Mexico.

The arrival of May could mean that you’ve started your campaign to convince the significant other that a new grill is not only desirable, but crucial for a happy Memorial Day.

But every year, once the April showers have washed away, the beginning of May marks your ongoing battle against the sun. It’s the start of the season when unsightly tan lines, sweat stains and beach bags full of sun block make it apparent that you’re a parent.

As the mercury rises this spring and summer, remember the following rules to make the most of the sunny season.

1.) Invest in an umbrella. Putting sun block on your kids is no fun. Unless the idea of smothering a squirming child with oil while he or she shrieks "Not in my eyes, not in my eyes!" sounds appealing, it might be worth it just to buy a beach umbrella.

2.) It’s your call, but if you insist on ignoring your kids’ requests and continuing mowing the lawn with your socks pulled up to your knees – there’s a good chance you’ll have some unique tan lines.

3.) Sunglasses are a dad’s best friend. When your eyes are behind polarized shades, who’s to say whether you were watching the kids or beholding some bikini-clad beauties. Just be sure to keep catcalls to a minimum.