For many families this can be a tough transition as parents’ work schedules and child supervision create new challenges. Keep in mind that Most kids do better with routine, particularly those who already struggle with anxiety or depression. A well-planned schedule can help.
For example, keep the same wake up and bedtimes every day. Schedule a visit or call every week with family members. Coordinate a weekly outside activity with their friends. And make sure they have jobs to get done daily.
To support your child’s mental health, plan fun activities with your kids. Children will benefit from new, fun activities, such as summer camps or swimming lessons. Kids who love to read can benefit from summer reading programs, at a local library. It can be as simple as planning activities for the whole family, such as a weekly game night or a barbecue.
Playing a part in the planning process can help kids feel less anxious, more secure and gain confidence. Start planning today. To support your child’s mental health, plan fun activities with your kids.
Getting out of the house also limits screen time — which many kids overindulge in during the summer months. There’s nothing wrong with a TV marathon here and there, but too much time in front of a screen correlates strongly with increased anxiety and depression. Turn the screen off for a while, get outside and enjoy the sunshine instead! Make family-time a priority.
Summer break may mean school is over for kids, but most parents don’t have the same luxury. This can be hard for some children who might not know what to do with their time. Be serious about planning quality family activities. Make a schedule of the things you'll do together such as cooking meals, a movie night, a hike, a museum, or doing chores together. A daily plan can make a world of difference to your children’s mental health. Structure, responsibility, and consistency can give everyone a sense of control and lessen tension.