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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 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.

  2. 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)

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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. 😄

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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
    BED
    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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

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