How to deal with the stresses of summer break
Most kids look forward to summer break from school. After the demands of homework, lessons, and tests, it is perfectly fine to unwind and have some fun. However, sometimes kids have been known to turn summer on its head at the expense of their parents. It is no wonder some parents develop anxiety just when summer is drawing near. It is even more daunting for parents who have children who suffer with mental health issues. Kids with anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, and ADHD thrive in a structured routine that is often provided in school. On school break, however, keeping these children on the right path can be a Herculean task. Indeed, all parents want to know how to help their kids to have the most restful and fun summer possible. Below are great tips that will hopefully make the summer break a resounding success for everyone.
Have a clear schedule
Maintaining a schedule at home does not mean being uptight. It just means that your children have a structure. It may not be as strict as the one followed at school. Simple things like clear meal times and bed times will ensure that your children make life easier for themselves and everyone else.
Be proactive with plans
Planning activities for your children should be proactive. Then, inform your children about the plans so they can anticipate the events. You can plan for swimming, park visits and even going to visit a friend for dinner. Children who have compromised social skills should be encouraged to interact with people of like minds. Support groups can also help.
Engage in more outdoor activities
It is easier for mentally challenged children to be kept inside the house all day for safety reasons. However, encouraging outdoor play helps break stress and provide better entertainment. Ride bikes, take walks, or even visit the park. There is always something to do outdoors.
For more tips, check out Beth Arky’s excellent post on the Child Mind Institute’s blog.
If you are concerned that your child may be at risk for the mental health concerns mentioned in this post or others, it is important to ask for help. At Casa Pacifica, our experts are trained to help children find the right direction for a more fulfilling life. Contact us today and let us show you how we can help.