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Enter to win one of three Soft Glow Silent Timers and Lights (a $19.99 value each) — a peaceful approach to time management — by answering this question below: What does a successful summer schedule look like in your home?

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.)

Soft Glow Silent Timer and Light

No parent wants to spend their summer nagging. That is where the Soft Glow Silent Timer and Light comes in. When it’s time for Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, or a little Khan Academy, the Soft Glow Silent Timer is a peaceful approach to time management. It encourages independence and success in timed activities like schoolwork, reading, and chores — not to mention video games and screen time.

Enter to Win a Soft Glow Silent Timer and Light

To win one of three Soft Glow Silent Timers and Lights (a $19.99 value each), use the Comments section below to tell us: What does a successful summer schedule look like in your home?

Deadline

Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 11:59 pm EST.

Rules

Only Comments posted with a valid email address will be considered valid entries. One entry per household per day. The editors of ADDitude will select two winners at random and notify them via email on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
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Updated on June 22, 2020

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  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 nec0332frpc@gmail.com

  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.

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