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.
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.
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.
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.