If your family schedule is just as insane in July as it is in January, you may run the risk of over-scheduling your child's summer. Your child may have chosen to do swim team and baseball and summer school and volunteer -- but where's the downtime? Where's the recharge time? Kids need it too!
Barring your child just plain telling you, "I'm stressed out and feel overwhelmed," you may wonder how you can tell if your child is over-scheduled in the summer. The symptoms are pretty much the same at other times of the year.
If you notice that your child is exhibiting stress symptoms and you think summer over-scheduling is the culprit, try to take something out of the schedule. Maybe swim team plus baseball is too much. Yes, your child might be disappointed in the short-term, but too much is too much. As a parent, you get to guide these decisions. Find other ways to take the activity level down a notch or three or four and spend quality time together as a family -- doing absolutely nothing.
Even if your child is tightly scheduled by family-schedule necessity, there are ways you can bring the stress level down at home for your child. Find ways to create downtime in a day so all of you aren't going from one thing to the next to the next.
Summer is a feeling as much as a season. Look for ways to create the feeling of summer whether the schedule is packed or non-existent. You can define small family traditions such as ice cream out every Friday night, or Sunday afternoons doing nothing at all. T
he school year will start up again soon enough and the schedule may be even busier! Your child needs to find a little recharge in the season -- so if your child is overscheduled this summer, pull back as much as you can and give the whole family a break.
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