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Summer break is a time of excitement and freedom for children, but it can also bring about changes that impact their emotional and mental well-being. As parents, creating a balanced routine can help support your child’s overall health, ensuring they have time to relax, learn, socialize, and stay active. This blog will provide practical tips to help you establish a summer schedule that promotes your child’s well-being while also considering your self-care as a parent.

The Importance of a Balanced Routine

Maintaining a routine during the summer is crucial for several reasons:

  • Structure and Predictability: Children thrive on routines. Knowing what to expect each day can reduce anxiety and help them feel secure.
  • Balanced Activities: A well-rounded schedule ensures that children engage in various activities that promote physical, emotional, and mental health.
  • Healthy Habits: Establishing a routine helps children develop good habits that can carry over into the school year.

Tips for Creating a Summer Routine

  • ‘Set a Consistent Wake-Up and Bedtime
    • Keeping a regular sleep schedule helps regulate your child’s body clock, making them feel more rested and energized.
  • Designate Time for Relaxation
    • Include quiet time in your child’s day for activities like reading, drawing, or simply resting. This helps them unwind and recharge.
  • Incorporate Learning Activities
    • Keep your child’s mind active with educational games, reading, or exploring new hobbies. Learning can be fun and engaging without feeling like schoolwork.
  • Encourage Socializing
    • Arrange playdates, group activities, or virtual meet-ups with friends. Social interaction is vital for developing social skills and maintaining friendships.
  • Promote Physical Activity
    • Ensure your child gets plenty of physical exercise through outdoor play, sports, or family activities like hiking or biking. Physical activity is essential for both physical and mental health.
  • Include Downtime for Creativity
    • Allow your child free time to explore their creativity through arts and crafts, imaginative play, or building projects.
  • Click here for a list of great resources for summer activities!

Supporting Your Child’s Emotional Health

While setting up a routine, it’s essential to be mindful of your child’s emotional and mental health. Here are some signs to look out for that might indicate your child needs extra support or counseling:

  • Changes in Mood or Behavior: Unexplained irritability, sadness, or withdrawal from activities they usually enjoy.
  • Difficulty Sleeping: Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or frequent nightmares.
  • Changes in Appetite: Significant increase or decrease in appetite.
  • Academic Regression: Struggling with skills they previously mastered.
  • Excessive Worry or Fear: Constant worry about things they didn’t previously stress over.

Taking care of yourself as a parent

 

As a parent, taking care of your well-being is equally important. Just like on an airplane, where you’re instructed to put on your oxygen mask first before helping your child, you need to ensure you’re okay. This is essential to effectively support your children through their rough patches. Here are a few self-care tips:

Schedule Personal Time:

Set aside time for yourself each day to relax and do something you enjoy.

Suggestions: Take a long bath, read a book, watch your favorite show, or pursue a hobby like gardening or painting.

Resources: Local libraries, hobby shops, or community centers often offer workshops and classes.

Connect with Other Parents:

Share experiences and support each other. Community can provide great emotional support.

Suggestions: Join a parent support group, attend PTA meetings, or participate in local parenting workshops.

Resources: Look for groups on social media, attend events at local schools, or check community bulletin boards for meetings.

Stay Active:

Engage in physical activities that you enjoy to keep your body and mind healthy.

Suggestions: Take daily walks, join a fitness class, go for a swim, or practice yoga.

Resources: Local gyms, community centers, parks, and recreation departments often have classes and activities. Websites like Meetup can help find local fitness groups.

Practice Mindfulness: 

Techniques like meditation or deep breathing can help manage stress.

Suggestions: Set aside a few minutes each day for meditation, practice deep breathing exercises, or try guided imagery.

Resources: Use apps like Headspace, Calm, or Insight Timer for guided meditations.

Look for local meditation or yoga studios that offer classes. Or check out our Wellness services for upcoming Yoga and Sound Bath Classes at Angelus!

Local Support in Western PA

Just because school is out does not mean Angelus’ school-based services are. We have clinicians available who can start working with your child now and continue with them at school when the fall comes in Mohawk, Shenango, Laurel, Wilmington, and Kennedy Catholic schools. If you are in the New Castle or Hermitage area, we have some great clinicians with current openings who specialize in working with children and teens, including:

 

What Next?

If you notice that your child is struggling despite your best efforts, it might be time to seek professional help. At Angelus Mental Health and Wellness, we are here to support you and your family through challenging times. Our experienced counselors specialize in helping children and families navigate emotional and mental health issues.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us at:

Phone: (724) 654-9555 or complete the getting started form and we will call you!

Remember: Creating a summer routine that balances relaxation, learning, socializing, and physical activity can greatly benefit your child’s emotional and mental health. By being attentive to their needs and practicing self-care, you can ensure a happy and healthy summer for your family.