5 Summer Parenting Tips

 

Spring is here, which means many parents are beginning to express both excitement and even a little bit of dread for the months ahead! Before we know it, school will be out and families will be juggling all the “summer plans,” or lack thereof. Either way, it’s important to consider how to set your family up for a fulfilling summer. Here are five things to consider to make the most out of the summer months…

 

Schedule Family Time- Make it an expectation. Put it on a calendar. Stick to it. Family time is crucial any time of the year! Things like game nights, movie mornings, a backyard campout, or a monthly themed dinner; consider any lighthearted ways to spend time together as a family. Yes, your teens will likely push back on this idea, but that’s what teens do. Still make it happen and expect them to be there. They will thank you later!

 

Get Involved- Have your child involved in at least one productive activity this summer. From a camp to a regularly scheduled day at grandma’s house, having something to do with others is so important for our children’s social-emotional wellbeing. It’s also important to have your child be a part of the planning process for this. Bring them into the discussion of their summer plans. While you’re at it, share your summer expectations and listen to any hopes/expectations they may have for their summer too.

 

Limit Screen Time- Be aware of your child’s technology usage this summer. Limits on screen time and supervision online are ESSENTIAL when school’s out! Apps like “Net Nanny,” “Bark” and “Canopy” can provide a level of protection to ensure your children (and the people they communicate with!) are safe. Stay in touch with your children by communicating with them as both good and hard things come up over the summer months.

 

 

Boredom Balance- Encourage a healthy balance of scheduled time vs down time for your children. Boredom is GOOD! Boredom is becoming a lost emotion that we should consider allowing our children to feel again. However, for some children, if a lack of involvement occurs, undesirable behaviors may start to arise. Try to identify this line between boredom and lack of involvement. If behaviors become a problem, schedule an activity for them. It’s all about balance!

 

Continue / Start Therapy- Whether your child is currently seeing a therapist, recently paused therapy, or never has been, it is a good idea to schedule some consistent sessions over the summer. Despite what some think, summer months are the ideal time to commit to our mental health. With school on break, it allows kids to focus more on self-growth and sets them up for further success when the school year begins again.

 

West County Psychological Associates wishes you

and your family a safe and happy summer!

 

 

 

 

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Katelyn Siebert, MSW, LCSW received her Master of Social Work degree from Saint Louis University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Katelyn has spent the past several years dedicated to working with school aged children/ adolescents (5-18years) and their families addressing anxiety, depression, ADHD, Autism, and other emotional or behavioral concerns. Katelyn has experience providing support to teachers, schools, and other helping professions to address the mental health needs within their place of work. Katelyn also enjoys working with adults and seniors, as well as senior care-givers. She uses a variety of therapeutic methods to address the individual needs of her clients. Katelyn is fully dedicated to working with her clients to provide a safe space built on trust, compassion, and respect to meet their therapeutic goals.