A Parent's Guide To Surviving Summer Break With Your Kids

By

a parent's guide: surviving summer break with your kids
Here are 10 tips to making the next three months fun and free of conflict!

As a family coach, I hear parents' concerns every day regarding homework and school and sleep ... but when summer break hits, the conversations quickly turn to "How can I spend the next three months with this child without losing my mind?!"

As a mother to a child on the Autism spectrum, I get that raising children is tough even when they are in school eight hours out of the day, so the thought of having them home 24/7 is enough to make even the coolest parent explode. Below are my top ten questions from parents just like you and my tips for keeping the temperature from rising too high in your home this summer:

 

1. Summer break is about releasing the stress of school, so shouldn't we let our kiddos just slack off for a while?

Children in general — and particularly, those with ASD and ADHD — thrive on schedules and predictability. So although it is fine to loosen up on the bed time and homework ... keeping to a schedule that allows them to get at least eight hours a night is essential to keep them focused. Schedules that give your kids a time of day to do chores, have screen time, feed pets, etc., will keep them much calmer and more compliant. 

2. My kids act like a bunch of wild monkies when school is out and they refuse to listen to me. What can I do?
Kids need rules and boundaries. They are much more likely to respond in the way we want them to if they know the consequences of their choices. Pushing limits and gaining control are the natural drive of kids who are between 3 and 17 years old. If they know why we are asking them to do something and they know what will happen if they do not comply, we get better cooperation. Sit down as a family and make a list of rules as well as the corresponding consequences or rewards. This process will motivate kids to do what is asked of them because they know what to expect. This allows everyone to feel valued and their opinions to be heard. When carrying out rewards and consequences, focus on the behavior, not the child. Keep reading...

More parenting advice from YourTango:

Article contributed by

Tara Kennedy-Kline

Author

Love Unconditionally, Give Freely, Laugh Openly, Learn Daily, Grow Immensely

Location: Shoemakersville, PA
Credentials: CFC, CLC
Other Articles/News by Tara Kennedy-Kline:

Parents, Here's What To Do If Your Kids Don't Respect You [VIDEO]

By

We've all seen this happen at least once before: An unsuspecting parent will start reprimanding their child at the supermarket for throwing a tantrum or misbehaving, only for their kid to talk back to them. Nowadays, it almost seems as if most kids feel as if they can say whatever they want with no regard to the consequences. It goes without saying that ... Read more

10 Major Parenting Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

By

We hear it over and over again; every book, article and TV show confirms it: parenting is the hardest job on the planet. But is it really? Is raising a happy, healthy, well-behaved child truly more difficult than rocket science? Should it truly require a Ph.D or are we—as parents—looking to get off the hook for being judged for our mistakes? I tend ... Read more

Just How Young Is Too Young For Your Kid To Be On FB? [VIDEO]

By

Alright parents, we're going to give it to you straight on this one. If you're seriously anxious to find out whether your child is mature enough to have a facebook page, first you have to brush up on social media policies. To be honest, if you can't dedicate time to watch over what your kids are doing online, there's no way that they are ready. ... Read more

See More

 
My Videos
ASK YOURTANGO MORE QUESTIONS
Must-see Videos
SEE MORE VIDEOS
Most Popular