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Creating a Summer Routine

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

When summer hits, it’s hard to remember that school is really only weeks away from starting. Making spontaneous plans is what summer is all about, but when it comes down to it, both adults and children work better with a routine. A summer routine doesn’t have to be the same as a school-year routine, but it can mirror it so when school begins, it’s an easy transition.

  1. Finding a new rhythm: Take the first week of summer as a test. See what changes you and your family have made naturally. If it’s eating dinner earlier or going to bed later, use that to make a more structured routine for the rest of the summer. Don’t worry about planning minute by minute – just make a rough idea and see how it goes!

  2. Change sleep times: Sleep is the first part of the routine that is most likely to go to the wayside. If your child is sleeping and waking up at their regular time, great! But if your child is staying up later and waking up earlier, then maybe a change in the routine is necessary. Naps can also be a fun and wonderful time during the summer!

  3. Daily rituals: You parents are fantastic at planning fun activities for your family to keep the summer days rolling. That plan can come in handy when figuring out daily rituals to keep a routine. Make a summer bucket list (or use ours!), choose days of the week to do certain things, or read books outside after dinner.

  4. Be gradual: A sudden change in routine is shocking to everyone. We all take time adjusting to new schedules and plans, and your child is no different. When your changing meal times, bedtimes, and activities, do so gradually. Seeing how your child reacts will help you make changes in the routine.

  5. Keep alone time: Free time for your kids is a balm for their imagination. Children love having the time to create things and being spontaneous. If your child doesn’t nap anymore, then create a rest time for them to have some peace and quiet. If you have more than one child, rotate toys and put each child in a separate room, so they can work on their own.

  6. Space out the excitement: Even if we can’t go out to zoos or museums right now, having movie nights or going to the park can be enough excitement for a little one. But too much excitement can cause some unhappy campers. Maybe once a week movie nights or twice a week park visits could be enough to keep everyone balanced and happy.

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