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Summer break is right around the corner. The change in routine requires an adjustment for the whole family. Here are some tips to make the summer run smoother.
The change from a regimented school schedule to wide-open days can be a tough adjustment. Try setting a schedule to help create a routine. This can be daily or weekly or both. Items for a daily schedule:
Mondays: library, Tuesdays: arts and crafts, Wednesday: pool time, Thursday: park, Friday: movie
Display the schedules on a whiteboard or chalkboard to keep everyone on the same page.
Kids of all ages can help out around the house, especially during the summer when they have more time at home. Start simple and work your way to more intense chores. Kids helping with chores can lighten the load for parents and also teach the kids skills for adulthood.
Simple chore ideas:
Incentivize them with a fun activity when chores are completed for the day.
Excessive screen time can have many negative effects on a child, especially when it comes to their mood. It is important to keep a healthy balance between technology and physical play. This can look different for each family based on the ages of the children and their temperaments.
Not all technology is created equal. Educational apps and digital art would be a better use of time than many shows or gaming options. Try setting different limits for different activities to help encourage kids to use technology to feed their creativity.
Also - don’t forget to be a good model for technology use yourself. Don’t text while driving or look at your work email when you are having a conversation with your child.
If you would like more help with family routines or transitions, contact your EAP provider at (319) 398-6694.