As Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, we gladly welcome warmer temperatures and sunnier skies! Summer is typically filled with vacations and fun, free time, and celebrations. Kids love the break from school and the freedom that summer brings; however, sometimes it can be difficult for parents, as they find themselves asking: How do I keep my kids on a routine and out of trouble? What can I do to minimize the “summer slide?” Here are some tips to make the most of summer vacation!
Keep a routine
Many kids and adults do better when there is structure to the day. The thought of sleeping in fills the minds of many kids when summer arrives, but without the routine of key activities each day, many kids struggle and can act out in frustration. Maintain a morning and bedtime schedule and routine as often as possible.
Keeping kids busy doesn’t have to cost money. There are many no- or low-cost ideas for summer fun. Check out your community newspaper or rec center for ideas!
Involve kids in keeping the family on track
By giving your kids a voice during family discussions and decision-making, you empower them to take responsibility for their actions and hold others accountable for their behavior as well – which is a win-win everywhere!
- Hold a regular meeting with the family to talk about upcoming activities.
- Ask kids, “What do you think we can do to help out this week?”
- Keep a list of things to be done and have your child check them off as complete.
We hope these tips will help your family life to make summer vacation a little more enjoyable for your kids AND yourself!
Shannon Gwash is the Director of Wellness Services for Jefferson Center and is also a Certified Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach. She earned her MS from the University of Denver in Strategic Health Communications/Behavior Change. She has nearly 10 years of experience in the communication world and nearly three in parenting … which clearly makes her an expert there. To stay sane, she runs around Sloan’s Lake, hikes with her daughter, enjoys outdoor concerts and reads nerdy books.