Tips for Families: Managing Summer’s Changes
The transition to summer brings longer days and less homework, but the lack of schedule and open structure can create its own stress. Counselors at TriCity Family Services offer the following tips for embracing summer’s changes:
- Have your kids help you outline the family’s summertime routine. Work together to develop a seasonal plan for technology use, sleep, play, and chores. Being part of the planning may help ease anxiety and get more “buy-in”.
- Engage distraction-free with each child for at least 15 minutes a day. Listen to what your children say and show excitement about what is important to them.
- Use the extra time for family bonding. Low-cost activities include going on walks and bike rides, library trips, making art, or prepping a special meal together.
- Be sure to leave some free time too. Boredom often leads to creativity!
- Prep kids for changes coming in the next school year. Knowing what to expect will ease the next transition.
Noticing your child is experiencing challenges during the summer transition (such as extreme changes in sleep, eating, or behavior; isolating; or engaging in high risk behaviors)? Connect with someone at TriCity Family Services who can help by calling (630) 232-1070 or visiting our Contact Us page.