Preparing Your Children For Summer Break

Summer break can be an exciting time for kids. It’s a chance to relax and enjoy some quality time with friends and family. However, it can also be stressful for kids as they transition back into school routines. The good news is that a little preparation and forethought can help minimize your child’s transitional stress this year.

Maintain Some Sense Of Structure

Having kids home during the summer is a great way to give them freedom but it’s important to remember that they still need structure. Whether it’s an hour spent playing in the sprinkler or taking a walk, structure can keep children engaged and prevent them from getting bored. When children are accustomed to being scheduled, they become more cooperative and less likely to fight with their parents. This can make the transition back to school a lot easier for both children and parents. Scheduled nap and bedtimes can help to ensure your kids get the rest they need. This can help reduce the amount of stress and anxiety your child experiences during summer break. Having a consistent routine also helps your child to recognize when it’s time for sleep and wake up. This can help them stay healthy and avoid consuming unhealthy snacks or drinks during the summer months. It can also help them feel more confident and in control of their daily life.

Help Your Child Finish Homework

Homework is a great way for children to develop organizational skills and learn how to prioritize their time. But it can also be difficult to get them to complete it if they don’t have enough structure or support in place. When your child is having difficulty finishing their homework, it’s important to talk about the problem with them. This can help them decide what type of tasks they find most challenging, and how to approach them. A good way to help your child finish their homework is to create a schedule that works for them. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others prefer to study after dinner. It’s also a good idea to break up larger assignments into manageable chunks. This is especially helpful when they’re working on a long-term project that requires multiple steps.

Re-Establish Routines

Children benefit from a regular routine and re-establishing it during summer break helps them get back on track for school. Routines give kids a sense of security, awareness and help them develop self-discipline and control. A regular bedtime and breakfast schedule also makes it easier for kids to transition into their new school year schedule. This will help them adjust faster and avoid the dreaded “summer slide” of learning loss that can make it difficult for your child to catch up during the fall. Establishing a schedule a week before school starts is a good idea so that your kids will have a head start. You can even use a calendar to plan their meals, activities and other things they will need to do throughout the summer.