3 Ways Parents Can Transition Kids Into Summer Break
This summer, your free time may look a little different. More companies are adopting a work-from-home/in-office hybrid schedule or requesting employees come in full time. This means parents may have to readjust their kids’ summer routines.
CircleAround spoke with Renee Rosales, founder of Marana Distance Learning K12, Northern Arizona Distance Learning, and Theara, an organization designed to support Neurodiverse well-living. She’s helped many families and individuals develop their own efficacy, equity, and empowerment skills. Here, she offers advice on how to transition into a new hybrid day program that will provide consistency, appropriate supervision, and fun all summer long.
1Tweak Existing Routines
Ideally, you can create a summer routine that’s similar to what the kids are used to. “Keeping the routine through the summer can help them be better adjusted for seasonal and schedule changes,” Rosales tells CircleAround.
It’s tempting to let kids sleep in during summer, but their mood and energy level will be better if they wake up, eat breakfast, and get dressed at the same time they did during the school year. Rosales also encourages scheduling different activities and meal times like they’re used to at school. This can help stabilize your routine as well.
2Find Community Activities and Opportunities
“Sending your child to a day camp could be a fun way for them to resocialize in the community,” Rosales tells CircleAround. “This also gives them structure and a regimented schedule of activities to participate in.” Seeking out volunteer opportunities for your older kids is also a great way to get them involved in the community and keep them busy while you’re at work.
If day camp is outside of your economic reach, try coordinating playdates with other parents doing hybrid or remote work setups. You can host their kids on days you’re working from home, and they can help watch yours when you’re in the office.
3Encourage Autonomy in Older Kids
Summer is a great time for older children to build skills. “If they are old enough, allow them some time during the day to plan their own activities,” Rosales encourages. “This can teach them to self-soothe and be an effective method for them to develop coping skills.”
The Bottom Line
Readjusting yourself and your family to a hybrid routine this summer may require some extra planning, but it’s certainly doable. Just focus on consistency when it comes to routines, and take opportunities to nurture your kids’ interests and skills.