The Importance of Summer Routines

Uncategorized Jun 06, 2019

Routine and structure are very important elements of managing your child's behavior over the summer months.   It is far easier to keep morning and bedtime routines in place through the summer, even if the time is adjusted (later wake-up and later bedtime than during the school year) than it is to let them go and have to re-establish before school starts.    For adults, it can take 30 days to form a new habit, and it can be even longer for kids, so it just makes sense to keep the routines going.    Get up at the same time every morning, have a set schedule (with some flexibility built in) for activities, and have a set bedtime each day.    

Here is a sample summer schedule:

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:00 am 

wake up, breakfast, straighten rooms

wake up, breakfast, straighten rooms

wake up, breakfast, straighten rooms

wake up, breakfast, straighten rooms

wake up, breakfast, straighten rooms

9:30 am

Pool

Library

Pool

Pool

Kid’s Choice

12:00 pm 

lunch

lunch

lunch

lunch

lunch

1:00 pm

Arts & Crafts

or 

Science Experiments

Park 

Grocery Shopping

Board/Card Games

 

Movie

or 

Museum

Kid’s Choice

4:00 pm

Reading 

Reading 

Reading 

Reading 

Reading 

4:30 pm 

Dinner Prep

Free Time

Dinner Prep

Free Time

Dinner Prep

Free Time

Dinner Prep

Free Time

Dinner Prep

Free Time

6:00 pm

Dinner

Family Meeting

Dinner

Family Meeting

Dinner

Family Meeting

Dinner

Family Meeting

Dinner

Family Meeting

 

sports practices 

and other activities

sports practices 

and other activities

sports practices 

and other activities

sports practices 

and other activities

sports practices 

and other activities

9:00 pm 

Bedtime

Bedtime

Bedtime

Bedtime

Bedtime

At my house, each child got a turn to choose the Friday activity from a list we had prepared in advance at a family meeting.   With 3 children and 12 weeks of summer, each got to choose 4 times.   My kids were allowed to invite friends to go along with us to certain activities.   

Summers were much more enjoyable with a schedule in place.   They knew what to expect, and I knew how to plan.   When it got closer to school start, we would just start moving bedtime and wake up a little earlier each day, but the routines were still in place, so it was not nearly as traumatic as trying to re-establish routine and adjust bedtime and wakeup time.   

 

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