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The Longest Days of the Year

Sprinklers. Fire flies. Bike rides. Popsicles. Many of our favorite parts of summer are not cancelled this year, and it’s a good thing because ADHD brains need this time to recuperate and reset. But too much downtime can be a bad thing, too. To avoid academic and behavioral regressions, most experts recommend infusing summer days with a routine and schedule that includes daily reading, plus weekly writing and math practice. (We know, easier said than done.)

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75 Comments & Reviews

  1. A successful schedule starts with a visual chart and consistency. A good breakfast and transition time. Workbooks with a post-it note attached for the pages assigned for the day. Scheduled breaks. Lunch time. Tablet/computer time for online learning/reading. Scheduled activities throughout the week. Before the pandemic, we have scheduled library days and scheduled camp days.

  2. A successful summer is a combination of structured work, free time and family fun. Using a visual chart creates the framework and gives the ability for a child to know what will happen during that day and whats ahead and pace themselves accordingly.

  3. A successful summer schedule includes a visual chart, positive praise, reading, math, writing,and mini lessons on how to complete chores. It also includes outside time!

  4. A successful summer schedule involves the kids (if age appropriate) so there is a feeling of collaboration and cooperation. It includes necessary (chores, academics) and fun things as well. A successful schedule is one that is achievable and alleviates stress, not adds to it.

  5. A successful daily schedule would be wake up breakfast, outside time with a short bike ride while its cooler. Morning play with stem activities and books. Lunch followed by a short rest time ( no sleeping) maybe reading or drawing. Water play in the afternoon or creative block play inside if its too hot. Dinner, followed by bath family time and bedtime. Limited screen time is my goal. Mary Cook my son is 6. Email is [email protected]

  6. In our household, a successful summer schedule would come one day at a time :), if not one hour at a time!
    It would start with a good night’s sleep, then plenty of hugs and gentle stretches to music in the morning after opening the shades to let the sun in. We’d feed and pet the cat, then head out for a morning walk to see the critters busy with morning tasks. Then we’d have breakfast, then do some sort of school work, either online or in person. Reading, research, some screen time with games and friends, lunch, craft time or science time together, then outside again to swim or hike and find baby frogs and turtles. Home for dinner, chatting, music and board games and more reading before bed. We all would transition smoothly and feel a loving connection and go to bed feeling happy and supported. I feel calmer just describing this 🙂

  7. A successful summer for us is my kids learning continuously through the entire summer, but in the natural way. Nature walks, reading books they enjoy, playing with different mediums such as sand, play-doh, water, etc.

  8. Gentle and breezy
    Happy eager readers
    Lots of fresh air and sunshine
    Singing and dancing
    Grilling garden vegetables
    Smiling faces and laughter
    Some online time
    Inspired dry/fire season
    Cool evening walks together

  9. A successful summer schuldule is when we can learn, have fun, and be together more as a family. We try to have theme days so that the kids look forward to something, like make it Monday. We also setup general time, say like “after lunch”, as structured learning time, either bridge workbooks, reading clubs or now virtual summer enrichment camps. Then have family fun time in the later cooler evening hours and weekends. When the kids are excited to share what they did, I know we’ve been successful.

  10. For us, a successful summer schedule involves independence & your own pace. Some of us are early risers, some not so much. Summer is the time we allow that. Our kids have certain, openly agreed upon educational requirements each day (which practice their reading, math, and Spanish skills) and a chore. Other than that, they are free! We do plan (in a normal year!) many family activities, outings, and game days. However, my kids thrive with some “me time” where they play with makeup, play video games, etc. It works for us!

  11. A successful summer will be one in which we become closer as a family and try to appreciate the good and the not-so-good times, and to learn from both. Today we are using the mantras, “Is it kind? Is it helpful? Is it necessary?” to help guide choices. I was reminded today of the creativity that my older son shows, and the kindness of the younger son, and able to focus more on that than on the negative behaviors they’ve also shown today. One day at a time!

  12. Successful summer? Morning walk after breakfast, followed by a some morning learning (math, reading, and writing) with a visual board or post it notes for reminders. Then,lunch, while listening to a kid’s podcast and quiet time during (reading, audio book, or educational show.) Finally, free time for projects and fun!

  13. A successful summer schedule has flexibility and structure at the same time and a balance of kid-time and family time. My husband and I will both we working from home and with camps cancelled, our kids will be home too. Once everyone has been dressed and fed, both kids have a checklist of 15 items to do. (They can do them in any order.) Items include things like play outside for an hour, talk to someone who doesn’t live in our house, drink a cup of water, do something creative for 20 minutes, do a chore that’s not on your list, help someone in the house, play with your sister/brother, etc. The kids have to do any 4 items on their list and then they get a half hour of free time (they usually choose screens). Then they have to do another 4 items to get another break. This keeps the kids busy throughout the day and provides a lot of choice for them within the structure of the list. Then at about 4pm, we go for a family walk. My husband and I also try to make a point to take breaks to spend some time with the kids during the work day if we can. It’s not idea being stuck at home, but my son has complained less that “there’s nothing to do” because they have this list to fall back on and he appreciates the structure of it. On weekends, we hike or do anything active we can.

  14. For us to wake up eat breakfast then get dressed for the day. Then go out side and read and then go for walk And come back and make lunch and have a picnic out side and then have fun outside for little bit and learn while outside and. Then come inside to do chores while making dinner and get pj’s and tomorrow clothing layed out out and after dinner time is to put food away n clean kitchen and shower and read book and. Look out at the stars. And also during the day activities that would be doing is crafts being done out side and taking walks in the nature trails and going swimming and going camping and going fishing and four wheeling and mudding so we would spend r time equal on fun and chores And learning and family time. And have structure and lots of learning and consistency and routines and try to plan things when able too.

  15. A successful summer schedule includes having all of the reminders added to “Alexa” to keep us on track for the morning routines. Off to martials arts so mom can get to work. Once kids are retrieved in the afternoon, it is home to do a little education review (math and reading) so they do not lose what they had worked so hard on (especially with the pandemic and having to do a lot of studying and classwork at home on their own). Summer camps were cancelled for both kids, so planning our own little excursions and including friends so they do not feel as if they lost out on much. Outside movies on the extra large screen, running through sprinklers on hot days and sitting in the living room on beanbag chairs as a family watching old black and white films sounds like heaven.

  16. A successful summer schedule would have been traveling, cabin vacationing, and hot sunny days spent at the lake – all with family and friends. It would have been about taking time to relax and unwind, drinking and laughing at BBQ parties, roasting marshmallows over the fire, garage sales, picnicking in the mountains after a beautiful hike, and the exciting outdoor festivals!
    Right now, a successful summer is about giving each other grace, being grateful for what we have and what we are able to do, enjoying the spontaneity of new experiences and skills being learned, and making lasting memories every day.

  17. A successful summer schedule for my family with a 2 year old, a 4 year old, and my partner home on CERB, would look like: the days starting with a healthy, hearty breakfast. Then go outside, rain or shine, for some activity, like a bike ride or a walk or visit a park, to wear down my high energy boys. Then we’d have a healthy, filling lunch, followed by some quiet time doing lego or reading a book or playing with kinetic sand, etc. Then we can have a healthy snack. Make dinner, eat it as a family, with my boys focusing long enough to eat until they’re satisfied. A successful summer bedtime requires us parents to be patient and attentive. Once the boys are asleep, a successful summer evening for my partner and I could look like a ping pong game, winding down watching something funny, cleaning up the house to prepare for the next day, or going to bed early.

  18. A successful summer looks like summer school in June, family time in the pool and around the campfire, family vacation, and getting some of our life organized (whether that be our schedules, house, or some mix of that)

  19. A successful summer schedule looks like our family being able to transition between activities and away from screens using a visual schedule and without daily arguments.

  20. A successful summer schedule would be set with all family members’ input. Everyone’s choices will be considered and included. A monthly “summer schedule meeting” would allow for any changes, open discussion for what works and what doesn’t, and discuss how everyone is feeling overall. It’s important to have structured and unstructured time in the schedule. Everyone’s mental health is an important piece that may affect the schedule.

  21. Our successful summer schedule includes a visual chart that our three kids can refer to and maintain. 10:00 learning hour; 11:00 interest/creative activity time; 12:00 lunch; 1:00 outside physical time; 2:00 DEAR time for 20 minutes followed by individual activity; 3:00 screen time once chores are done; 5:30 help prepare for dinner; 6 dinner; 7:00 bath, pick up rooms, evening TV; 9:00 bed. This is my “perfect world” schedule that I’m hoping to implement starting next Monday. But, with 3 kids, two of whom have ADHD and ODD, I have learned to be very flexible and compassionate with my own schedule adherence ability.

  22. A good summer schedule looks like getting out of bed to eat food at some point, and finding one ‘thing’ to complete that day. It can range from chores like clothes washing or tidying one section of a room to hyper focusing on a new creative outlet. Sometimes I need to be reminded that having fun isn’t always a waste of time, especially during vacation!

  23. As we pivot to a a new summer schedule, we hope for independent time to blend with family time and household obligations. Routines like morning dog walks, hygiene care, and wake/sleep times mix with varied reading time, outside playtime and electronics. Summertime should be a time to learn how to handle adjustments with family support and keep basic routines for independence and confidence. Kids need to grow with help.

  24. The perfect summer schedule for my family respects both the flexibility and the structure that my child needs. I look forward to having a few late nights with my son but mainly sticking to a Bed Time schedule. Sleep is absolutely the most important part of my sons routine. I will be excited to put the electronics and demands of homeschooling behind us and get outside and moving more throughout the day 🙂

  25. A successful summer schedule looks like us all getting full nights sleep, the kids getting outside for at least half the day each day, eating dinner together 4-6 days a week, and doing some other all family activity at least one day a week. I think it also would be us getting away for a long weekend at the beach.

  26. A successful summer schedule for my family right now is making time to sit together to make the schedule.
    When we do this together, everyone gets input and we all understand where everyone is at and can make adjustments easily.
    It allows us to make sure we stay on track, things get done but also creates time and space for the things that fill our souls. It allows us time to create, read, dream and have fun but at the same time, the schedule keeps us on grounded to what needs to be done. Thanks for the chance to win the prize and I hope everyone has a safe and fun summer!

  27. A successful summer schedule for us would be an early morning exercise routine (for everyone) followed by a breakfast, then learning time, play time,chore time, picnic lunch, clean up, special one on one time with the little one (or a mom/dad break since we switch off) then dinner prep, clean up and bedtime routine for little one, then some wind down the for the grown ups.

    The key for us is consistency with some flexibility for activities while keeping in the same time allotment. I am going to start working on some visual cues to help with keeping us on schedule.

    Thanks for all the great resources and ideas from other commenters. 😄

  28. A successful summer schedule takes into account that summer only comes once a year, and that savoring its pleasures is equally as important as maintaining the house or academics.

  29. A successful summer schedule is a day that starts with my oldest 16-year-old teaching my 11-year-old math (to overcome distance learning gaps…) she has the patience for his distractions not many have. Then some outside time, he can read in the back yard or go for a bike ride. Then he gets his screen time, usually while drawing, he is teaching himself digital drawing and practicing new technics. We have lunch together. In the afternoon he has over zoom Karate class and in the evening we go for a family walk and eat dinner, on really good days we play a game together as a family. Note! Most days are not like this

  30. A successful summer schedule is lots of time spent outside, at the lake, doing creative projects and having fun. I’m not sure how much of that will be possible this year, but I am hoping for the best!

  31. M-m-m-m Actually, I don’t really know. The reason that I don’t know what a successful summer looks like in my home is that it is my first summer ever in the position I am in now. Last summer was pretty perfect. We had just moved into our new condo within a new town. We had some money in the bank from the sale of our home. Now we would have the opportunity to purchase some much needed items…stuff like a year’s worth of shower and bath soap, a whole bunch of cleaning supplies, rugs for our new place etc. You get the idea. It was so fun exploring the new sights, the neighborhood & well, a new summer! This summer is even newer. Since all the past 6 or 7 part time gigs didn’t work for me, I embarked upon a new one back in February. Then COVID hit. Then my new gig started running again. Slo-o-o-o-owly. Naturally, right? Right! Not being a summer gal by nature (I’m a fall kinda girl), I never seem to look forward to summer. BUT this one is looking dandy! The gig is THE best fit of ANY I’ve ever had in my entire life! So I’m happy. Peaceful. At my regular ole atypical schedule on an atypical timeline with my atypical husband. Hey, “life is short and then we die.” Right? Right! So my summer is a happy one…ran like I haven’t a care in the world. We’re a bazillion dollars in debt, can’t pay property taxes, thankfully going to food pantries and our 2020 stimulus check is no where in sight. Bottom line…My spouse (an elderly man), our cross-eyed, elvis lip, bad breath cat and I ARE HAPPY! Regardless of the circumstances. This in and of itself is a blessing! It is and will continue to be a memorable, fun and happy summer! Cheers!

  32. A successful summer schedule for my son includes a visual schedule, and a “To do list,” each day. Life skills are also an important part of a summer schedule, with a routine for cleaning, and learning how to cook. Creative time is also provided within the schedule to work on music, writing, drawing and painting or photography. Math,Reading and Writing are a part of the academic practice. A free Friday afternoon is also helpful, where free choice activities like watching movies or playing video games can take place.

  33. Our ideal summer daily schedule would go something like this:

    Coffee and breakfast on the porch with reading
    A morning walk with the whole family and two dogs
    Activity time: GOZEN.Com for my son, Writing his book for my husband
    for me? Business classes on Coursera or Parenting classes
    Or a Casting Project for me
    Lunch: Wonderful homeprepared foods salads, veggies,
    Karate for my kiddo, and more work and training and writing for my husband and I
    Dinner prep and one hour of video game freedom for our kiddo
    Dinner of healthy food that everyone enjoys
    clean up as a team
    Watch Tv shows or educational programs educating our family on environmental issues and solutions and antiracism
    YOGA and MEDITATION as a family
    That being the basic daily structure…I would also like to add in weekly hiking adventures(still keeping social distance) in our beautiful nearby mountains, a trip to the beach where my 91 year old dad is (and a safe, socially distant visit) and as many opportunities to swim in clear water as possible.
    I think SIMPLE is best right now… back to the basics.
    We have learned that no meds are best for us the adhdMom and adhdSon as they cause more irritability issues than they give us focus…And we have tried them all!

  34. A successful summer day will be a structured day with regular waking time, breakfast then outside play while the day is cooler. Then lunch, activities on workbook, piano practice, a bit of screen time then outdoor activities. I am putting together a list of activities that we will be able to do.

  35. A successful Summer in our house would be to have a schedule/routine that is easy for everyone to follow, teach my children some basic life skills needed now or later in life, explore new places together, spend quality time together, have fun and create good memories for both the children and adults!

  36. A successful summer day would be an enjoyable day without fighting, yelling, or hitting. It would include time outdoors, time together with family, and time to just relax.

  37. A successful summer schedule is one that is organized and planned out, with a lot of outside time to get sun exposure and vitamin D! It uses the nice weather to clean up the areas that have gone unnoticed, and help relax racing lots once all the hard work is done.

  38. A successful summer schedule at my house includes a day split in two, before lunch and after lunch. Yes, I learned that on one of ADDitude’s webinars, but I have modified it a little bit. 🙂
    Before lunch, my children will complete their hygiene, chores and simple “projects,” by parents. Once these things have been done and IF they are completed with no grumbling, then after lunch, my husband and I will “turn a blind eye” to electronics. I might also mention that we had a family meeting and all of us wrote things that we “wanted” to do this summer and the ‘after lunch’ part of the schedule also includes time to work on or complete these things. Some of those things include ‘making homemade ice cream,’ ‘family game time,’ ‘day trips to various places,’ etc.

  39. A successful summer day for us would be everyone getting up at a decent time and getting My 11 year old girl up before 1 pm and trying to get her to bed before 2 am. She just can’t seem to relax to shut her brain down at night.

  40. A successful summer schedule in my home is one that takes away pressure. The whole year we ‘fight’ against all the things that have to be done and during the summer I make sure I take away pressure. This starts with a routine that is achievable; we get up at 8, complete a round of yoga, eat a healthy breakfast and then we make sure our home is organized (not necessarily cleaned…but organized). Then we look at our to-do list and complete the must-do’s. We make sure to stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet. The late afternoon, when the sun is down, is for a walk outside. after dinner we play a boar game and that TV/tablet? It stays off! Summers are for exploring!

  41. A successful summer schedule lots of play outdoors, some drawing after lunch and cooking dinner together. Then reading for 30 minutes before bedtime.

  42. A successful summer schedule includes 3 solid meals, time outside, and informal practice of academic skills. We learn math in the kitchen, baking brownies, and at the store, budgeting and saving. We read the cereal box or the directions on how to put the new toy together. We read books every night before bed to help us relax. Summer schedule also includes time together, but also time apart. My kids are learning that there are many things they can do independently; they are also learning to do chores.

  43. We have some catch-up work to do to get ready for next year, but a successful Summer schedule involves lots of fun and lots of free time. We have long, cold Winters here so Summer is a time to make the most of the outdoors and the sunshine. I plan to get to the mountains and to the rivers as often as possible because after strict quarantine recommendations for so long our souls could use some tranquil time in nature.

  44. A successful summer schedule for my family would include visits to family and friends that we don’t regularly see during the school year, such as grandparents who live in a different state, and spending quality time with those family and friends. Quality time would include beach trips, cook-outs, long walks, outside play like volleyball or badminton, inside activities like board games (scrabble, trivial pursuit Yahtzee, and the parent dreaded monopoly), movie nights and sleepovers, family dinners and church on Sundays, rainy day reading, celebrating the 4th of July with fireworks and s’mores, exploring something or someplace that we’ve never explored or at least introducing my children to something or some place they’ve never experienced such as a dairy farm, long car rides listening to my children’s terrible music, but also getting to know them again and finding out their likes and dislikes, catching fireflies (an all time summer favorite in our house no matter the age!), ideally completing summer reading and projects/reports without incident (this would be ideal, of course, but I would settle for them being satisfactorily completed at least a week before school starts 🙂 rather than the usual day or two before last minute rush!), lots of pool time and time on the water and generally reconnecting with my children without the stress and demands placed on all of us during the school year.

  45. I like to keep it simple for me and my kids. I split the day into “before lunch” and “after lunch”. So all tasks and responsibilities like brushing teeth, chores, etc., need to be completed “before lunch”. Then there is more leniency after lunch for free time

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