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Find that summer-schedule sweet spot

Dr. Gigi Chawla (right) talks with WCCO "Mid-Morning" hosts Kylie Bearse and Jason DeRusha about kids' changing schedules from school to summer.
Dr. Gigi Chawla (right) talks with WCCO “Mid-Morning” hosts Kylie Bearse and Jason DeRusha about kids’ changing schedules from school to summer.

Transitioning from a structured, predictable school schedule to a wide-open summer can be difficult for children and parents. Gigi Chawla, MD, senior medical director of primary care at Children’s Minnesota, shared advice for how to make the adjustment easier [WATCH] with WCCO Mid-Morning hosts Kylie Bearse and Jason DeRusha.

Have fun

Be sure to take time to enjoy spending summer days with the kids.

Vacations and trips

Turn travel into an opportunity for learning. Have your child research and learn about your destination ahead of time.

Keep learning

Learn a new language, at any age. Learn about a new culture.

Keep to a schedule

Having a schedule is good; it can be a little looser than the school schedule.

Times to eat

Eat breakfast, lunch and a snack at the same times each day, if possible. Make sure kids are getting healthy food, too. Include fruits and vegetables by taking trips to the farmers’ market or growing your own garden at home.

Bedtime

There’s still a need for sleep. School-age kids require about 10 hours per day, but feel free to shift bedtime to an hour later than it was during the school year.