Summer is here! Say goodbye to your school year routine that likely includes strict wake up and bedtimes, extracurricular activities, and homework. While the end of the school year isn’t all that bad, there’s a chance a lenient summer break schedule can mess with you, and your family’s, all-around mental health and well-being. Check out these 4 summer break survival tips to preserve your sanity this summer.
- Routine consistency is KEY. A child’s schedule typically consists of some type of routine; morning routine, bedtime routine, and the routine of going to school, camps, or extracurricular activities. Routines for kids help them feel more secure, allowing them to have expectations about what’s to come. This also creates a sense of responsibility and allows for an easier transition once they go back to school.
- Don’t let nutrition go awry. Review the USDA’s healthy eating approach, MyPlate, with your children and help them create their own meal plans for the week. Work with them to choose from MyPlate and create meals that meet all of the major food groups. Children who are involved in the creation of their meals are more likely to eat and enjoy, their meals (we’re looking at you, picky eaters!).
- Catch those ZZZ’s! A good night’s sleep not only helps your kids feel refreshed but will also help them feel more alert. So, it’s important that sleep patterns don’t change too much in the summer. If they do have a little more time to play when the sun is out, only extending bedtime by 30-minutes so they don’t have a hard time adjusting when back-to-school time rolls around.
- Enroll in a Summer Camp Program that encourages learning. Summer programs, like The Little Gym’s Summer Camp, offer high quality, age-appropriate, interest-driven summer programs designed to help children learn new skills and build self-confidence as they master new challenges.
With warmer weather comes more indoor play. Check out kid-focused activities like The Little Gym for play or even parties!