Back in March, I was dropping off the paperwork for my son’s camps at the YMCA and I had an oversize planner full of colorful sticky notes. The attendant at the desk opened her eyes wide and exclaimed what I could only interpret as a joke: “Wow. You’re the most organized parent I’ve ever seen.” I rushed to correct the record: “Oh, no. I’m really not this organized. I just act like one for the summer.”
Before I say anything, I want you to know that I’m not a Debbie Downer. I hold a very optimistic perspective that Summer is a GREAT time for an ADHD and/or SPD kid to try out and level up new skills and experiences. This is a catch-22 because if the child isn’t ready for an activity or camp this year, there needs to be flexibility for a Plan B. That’s okay. There’s always next year.
That said, summer is a really funky time of the year for me. I hate to say it but I kinda…dread it, and you know what? I’m not alone. I hear it all the time in online chat rooms that function like underground bunkers, where countless parents and guardians exchange virtual hugs, encouraging words and tips in dealing with extremely stressful behaviors of their kids with ADHD, SPD and also ODD. It’s a world most people are unaware of, but summertime can be super hard on children who typically do well with the structure of the school year. Summertime can be hard on any working parent, especially single parents with a full-time job… and a freelance business and a blog. Hint. Hint.
In order to craft a blueprint for a summer routine, here’s what it’s useful to consider:
There are NO right or wrong answers. Frankly, it’s all about what you can or want to do and what are your family’s goals and priorities. I’m simply sharing some of the questions that I’m considering this year—you may have your own considerations—and here’s how I’ve structured my kid’s summer routine and why:
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