The summer is an amazing time to be a child. For those on a traditional school calendar, it means no school and no homework. For some kids, summer may mean summer camps. These provide some structure for them, but also heavily revolve around having fun and going on field trips. For other kids, it means staying at home and finding ways to remain entertained. Whatever the case, there is a tremendous change in store for children when school resumes. Consider the following ideas when helping their transition.
- Re-accustom the children to your house and to your rules. For many children with separated parents, summer represents a time of extended visitation with their non-custodial parent. This means different physical surroundings, different people, and often-jarring differences in parenting styles and discipline. It is critical to swiftly re-assert yourself and your rules when they get home.
- Talk to your children regularly about returning to school. Your children probably have mixed emotions of excitement and dread about the summer ending. This escalates if they are transitioning to middle school or high school, or if they are going to a new school. Relate to your children by recounting your own experiences and memories of returning to school.
- Establish a routine. Wake the children up earlier and eat breakfast together. Have them go to bed progressively earlier each night in the week prior to school. Allow their sleep rhythms to get back on track for the early morning rush of school days.
- Reduce their screen time. There is a solid chance that your child gets a lot more screen time during the summer than during the school year. This includes social media, texting, Netflix, television, or video games. As summer winds to a close, begin setting time limits on screen time. This will give them a chance to be more focused on the world around them.
- Summer reading time. If your children’s school has a summer reading list, buy the books and encourage them to read. You can read some of your children’s books as well to facilitate conversations with them. If there is no list of books, speak with a librarian at your local library for suggestions.
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Sarah J. Hink
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