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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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74 Comments & Reviews

  1. A successful summer schedule would have (3) key items: exploration, relaxation, and bonding time. We are a family of four, with a 6yr old and 3yr old, who are both full of fun energy and who are very inquisitive. We keep things exciting by mixing the day with science/art projects, outdoor play, cooking challenges, quite reading time, and one-on-one special time with each parent. If something doesn’t seem to work or is no longer of interest, we talk together as a “team” at dinner and figure our new plan of attack. Maybe painting has lost its luster, so we move on to playdough or building with popsicle sticks. The kids deserve a fun, carefree summer and part of that is letting them have a say in what activities we do.

  2. A successful summer schedule for my son looks like the following:

    1. waking up at a decent hour (before 10 am)
    2. a good breakfast (eat together to discuss the day)
    3. outdoor exercise while our dog runs in the filed (30-60 minutes)
    4. some school work to avoid the Summer Slide (30 minutes of math, ELA, read a book)
    5. a fun lunch (TV time)
    6. chores & errands & free time or a playdate (designated tablet time)
    7. nutritious family dinner (preferably at the table; Fridays are family movie night)
    8. family walk with our dog (30-60 minutes)
    9. write in journal & get ready for bed (a relaxing bath once a week)

    Weekends are all about FAMILY FUN & ADVENTURES!!

  3. I loved the comment made by @Kellip on June 10th. I saw this a week ago and have been trying to incorporate the mantras of, “Is it kind? Is it helpful? Is it necessary?” within our home. I’m a single mom with 13 and 11-year-old girls and both my oldest and I have ADHD. As you can imagine, we kinda take things day by day depending on how many emotions are running through the house. 🙂

    Some basic items routine items I’ve found to be the most helpful are to have us all do a few things when we wake up before anyone gets technology or TV. Those items are brushing teeth, making beds, getting dressed (in clothes that aren’t pj’s-which is the hardest for me), eating something for breakfast (ideally something with protein and/or nuts and a glass of water), and do a chore around the house that’s not something that’s already expected for each of us to do, such as cleaning our room. Then they can ask for technology or tv time while I jump on the computer and start working. I’ve found that this small routine at the beginning of the day helps us all to feel better because we’ve accomplished a lot and then they get some freedom. I’ve found that if I start out with letting them have tv right out of bed, they’ll complain when I tell them their time is up and they need to do all the things they are expected to. It’s really all about sticking to it myself and also doing the same things before I jump on the computer for work so they see that I’m not above the rules either.

  4. We plan to learn a few new skills: we started knitting and added Spanish lessons every other day. We also plan to use typing program and improve that skill, too. Trips to the beach are a must, and also skateboarding, which my son picked up recently (last week!). My daughter and I will join him on our roller skates, so we can spend more time outside together. I initiated our house book club, where we read books aloud, comment and help each other remember important details. Mostly, those will be the books after which the movies were made, so we can compare them and decide what we like better. This year we introduced a new genre for both books and movies: SCI-FI! Kids find old Star Trek very amusing while I liked the newer ones better, but we’ll see. On our repertoire as a cherry on top I plan to put “Dune” (on a strong recommendation of the kids’ English teacher) and close the season on a high note. It goes without saying, some academic material is covered every day, but we concentrate more on taking it easy, while learning some new stuff and having fun.

  5. Our Success summer we be knowing that it will not always be perfect and that’s okay. Maintaining routine will help us out! for example going jogging first thing in the morning, drinking our water, eating our breakfast following our plan schedule of the day, using visual chart for the family. Start our summer journal to express our feelings and experience of the day. Of course all this will be managed by becoming aware of the time and how much time we have to complete each task through out our day. Ending our day with meditation and getting 8 hours of rest.

  6. A successful summer schedule starts early in the morning since both my ADHD husband and son like to get up early in the morning. It starts with a protein shake for my husband and fresh organic eggs and turkey sausage for my son. At breakfast I read to them and talk about what was read. We spend some time in the backyard feeding our chickens, pot belly baby pig, dogs and various other geckos. We come inside and do homeschool for a couple hours with lots of breaks for movement and healthy snacks at arms reach. Next we go to the front garden and water and pick any veggies that are ripe while my son catches insects for his entomology cases. Right now he is really into fishing so we go the park that has a pond and go fishing. I pack some PB sandwiches with fruit and water and off we go.

  7. For us to maintain a healthy balance of activities day-to-day with some decent structure. My son is now a middle schooler with raging hormones and tons of energy at times. I want summer to combine nature and exercise with a blending of chores, gaming/TV time, reading, learning new cooking skills, reviewing math and ELA, etc. It’s been a huge struggle thus far for Caden to buckle down and review academics, but I won’t give up. After the immediate virtual learning thrown upon us from 18Mar-21May, some downtime is needed-just not TOO MUCH downtime, lol.

  8. A successful summer for us right now is enjoying being together, in all the little ways. Plenty of swimming and ice cream. Family movie nights. It means birthdays for all 5 of us, from Memorial Day to July 4! It means celebrations. Plenty of sleepovers. Also we use a daily checklist of priorities and screen limits so we don’t forget to do these healthy things each day. They include exercise, summer workbooks, bible time, reading time and piano time, among other things.

  9. A successful summer schedule will be my ADHD children waking up on time after a (hopefully) restful night of sleep and using our already established checklists and routines to independently complete their tasks for the day, to include meds, meals, chores and school work. After that, using mindfulness and breathing exercises to help mitigate any issues or anxiety, and then spending time as a family outside in the pool or walking the dog (when the heat allows). More importantly, a successful summer schedule will help reinforce and build strategies for coping with the obstacles that ADHD can cause, and build self-esteem and self-regulation!!

  10. Successful summer = electronic free time EVERY day and chore time with a list to choose from to foster independence with parameters that make all choices acceptable.

  11. I hear this question a lot as a teacher and an adult with ADHD. For me, keeping a schedule has always been a battle. Thankfully, I have finally started to feel like I’ve found one that works for me.

    My successful schedule looks like… Waking up an hour earlier or more than the rest of my family to get myself ready for the day. My morning self care routine helps me focus in on prioritizing self care and achieving task completion. So, this hour typically includes: breakfast, writing out my top 3 priority tasks in a priority planner, gratitude journaling and taking the time to plan out/schedule other important appointments and/or tasks for the day. Setting daily intentions and scheduling them, including family time, has made a huge difference in feeling accomplished as well as making sure I make time for things that are more important for me and my family.

    For my students families, I suggest a daily morning routine that fits for their kiddo(s) and family that is focused on breakfast, getting ready for the day, and working with their kiddo to decide on one or two things (depending on the age) they would like complete or do for the day.

    After setting morning routines and tasks or activities for the day, I encourage my kiddos to keep a scheduled reading routine and stick to it like we would in school each day. I taught first grade and my kiddos were excited to set and start their own timers or alarms on the iPad to complete their 20 minutes of reading. Giving them ownership supports the accountability factor. In school we also did a share out after reading to maintain accountability, so I have encouraged families to make this a component of casual conversation or a topic for dinner conversation. My first graders loved writing in their journals. So, I also encourage families help their kiddo start a summer journal where they can write about their day, what they read or write letters to family and friends.

    Some other tips I have given my families for a success summer schedule are:
    -Choosing a work space, if possible away from bedroom.
    -Maintaining ownership of summer schedules by engaging in conversation about their work and modeling these good /habits and routines by following these guidelines for themselves as well.
    -Sticking to the times that work best for YOU to make accomplishments.
    -Modeling how to problem solve if the routine is not working and how to make small changes to add novelty and excitement to bring new life to the same routine.

    The last thing I share with my families and my kiddos is to remember that it’s okay to make mistakes or miss a part ( even a whole day) of their schedule and just remember to try again the next day. Even the smallest piece of achievement opens the door to great success.

  12. Ours starts with the basics, getting up & dressed, hair and teeth, breakfast. Then it is on to the chores, we have a board and everyone takes turns doing everything. Then it is 2 hours of school set work. Then it is usually lunch time. After lunch is 1 hour of exercise followed by free time which can be anything inside or out until dinner time. Dinner is always a sit down family affair. After dinner is the 2nd round of chores (there is 6 of us plus 2 large dogs so you can imagine what lockdown house work is like!) Then it is more free time followed by showers and bed time. We are shielding because our eldest is clinically vulnerable so we have been housebound for lockdown.

  13. A successful summer schedule means maintaining a semblance of routine (to include play/leisure/free time) with clear expectations AND rewards/reinforcers all of which is towards achieving a feeling of control and some success during a time which is not as structured as the school year, and especially this trying time.

  14. For the rest of the summer, my graduate school classes will be held online and my husband will continue working from home. We made the decision to send the kids into camp a few days a week. Our oldest graduated from Kindergarten and our youngest will be in Pre-K. They love routine, so on the days they’re home, we give them a schedule for the day (listed by the hour). AM: writing, reading. Outdoor play. Lunch. Quiet time (They pick the activity). Afternoon: Math, worksheets, reading, art project (of their choice). Outdoor play until dinnertime.

    There are days when I need to finish schoolwork or my husband has several conference calls, so we’ve come to the realization that giving the kids some screen time is necessary. A successful summer schedule for us means being gentle with ourselves, allowing emotions to be felt, and spending quality time together as a family. At the moment, it is what’s helping us get through our world’s new normal.

  15. Successful summer schedule looks like this:

    light daily chores – including reading whatever catches their fancy, and some tinkering with the piano
    free play and as few comments as possible about mud mess, bugs and science experiments gone wrong.
    Evenings enjoying the stars and the breeze

  16. Lots of choices and voices! I have a 9yo & 11yo, both with ADHD, and flexibility is key. I give them as much input as I can into activities for the day/week and a light schedule with plenty of downtime. Timers are critical to how we manage the structure and flow of our day.

  17. A successful summer schedule looks like goal setting for the coming school year that instills purpose in the routine and corrections necessary to support my student reaching self-designed goals in our home?

  18. What does a successful summer schedule look like in your home? Sleep in a little later than school days except for the days where baseball or hockey practice requires an early start. Mornings consist of chores – house and yard duties – with nothing too complicated or time consuming. Trips to the cottage will be the highlights of the summer, with long evenings by the fire, listening to loons and the waves, and watching the northern lights dance across the sky. We will also plan day trips to explore new places in our province. Time every day will be allowed for Lego, drawing, crafts, walks, time with friends, and bike rides. READING for one hour EACH DAY will be mandatory.

  19. A successful day in our home currently consists of getting through the day without losing complete sanity!!

    My 6yr old has the energy of a roadrunner and to slow down means a 20 minute lapse of energy before the 2nd 3rd…wind comes swiftly moving tornado speed!

    We managed to survive the 3 months of at home virtual learning – which honestly was my biggest concern, so with that came a sense of accomplishment!
    Then a second reality set in…finding new and exciting activities to fill the day!
    We have probably used our imaginations more now then ever!!
    Thank God for Pinterest and DIY projects, as finding cool science experiments or building our own gadgets – designing real life “minecraft” levels using whatever we can find!!
    We stick pretty well to a schedule – a few chores – consistent meal times, “rest time” (ha ha) outside time, keep up with bedtime routines and pretty much a certain amount of time set aside routinely for each activity.
    Reward systems – lifesaver.
    Due to the energy bunny, sleep is the most difficult issue; non existent naps and 8:30 bedtime whether right to sleep or not means tip toes at 4am!! Combating my own insomnia can mean pulling some allnighters!!

  20. A successful summer schedule looks like me having things prepared ahead of time to help my grandson daily. Everybody gets up on time and is working together to make sure that the academics and play time run smoothly, meals are served on time, and bedtime is on time.

  21. A successful summer with a Grandmother with ADD and three Grandchildren would be to wake up to a nutritional meal that we all help prepare. The youngest sets out the bowls , the middle child helps pour the drinks, and the oldest pours the milk on the cereal. Just like the Three Little Bears, teamwork is essential to our story! Our Motto this summer is, “Sharing Is Caring. In our activity centers we try to catch each other doing a good job , sharing. With a high 5 , a pat on the back or a smile is a signal that we did a good job sharing. Exersize time is next! Two kids have bunny legs while grandma is the turtle. They win when we hop into the pool. Remember the Motto when there is only one red ball! Two chairs to face each other when conflict occurs to discuss why a bebop to the head just wasn’t good for a friend’s head. Next is muchy lunch and a book or two. Akakrisy@

  22. A successful summer schedule, for us is making sure that fun activities include learning. Balancing outdoors, electronics, school review and calming activites is an everyday requirement. We also need room for flexibility as things don’t always go according to plan.

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