SSM Health: Setting a schedule will help smoothen the transition into summer for kids

MADISON, Wis. —  It’s been said many times. Kids thrive on routine and knowing what to expect. The past year has thrown curve balls at everyone, but with the summer days soon to be in full swing, SSM Health pediatrician Heather Reichert says a daily schedule is key to a smooth transition.

“Having a wake up time and a bedtime, even if it’s a little bit later than it was before,” says Reichert. “Things like having a family calendar so kids can know when to expect big events, or even planned small events like going out to ice cream can be helpful. Then talking to your kids ahead of time about what the schedule will look like and what to expect.”

Dr. Reichert also says to keep calendars visible and easy for them to see, as well as involving them in planning summer activities. That way you’ll know they’re engaged and excited.

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