June 14, 2017 — By Wendy Sachs
Most children look forward to summer as lazy months of sleeping in, staying up late, and living without the confines of their school year routine. While some may participate in summer activities such as day camps or sleepaway camps, the inconsistent schedule of summer presents more anxieties for some than others. Children who are more sensitive to major changes in their day-to-day lives could experience discomfort in the weeks ahead. However, for both parents and nannies, there are simple ways to reduce stress on children and guarantee that their transition into summer, as well as your own, is effortless.
Regardless of what summertime activities you have lined up for your kids, it is important to maintain a routine. If possible, try to continue the school day schedule by replicating mealtimes and bedtimes so that summer does not seem so different. It is also beneficial to commit to a planned activity every day at the same time, such as going to the pool or outside to play. This way, your children will know how to structure their days and have an activity to look forward to. With your children no longer surrounded by their peers, they may additionally experience loneliness, though you can preserve their friendships by arranging playdates for them.
For children who are starting summer camps, there may be other anxieties to look out for. Whether they are enrolled in day camps or travel camps, your children will have to get accustom to entirely new peers, instructors, and facilities. If you know what sort of schedule they will have, go over it with them beforehand so that they know what to expect. Some camps may require certain supplies, such as sport or art programs, and in this case, shopping together for the materials will make them feel prepared.
Overall, summer should be welcoming – for parents, nannies, and children. It may be easy for all parties to stress over the lack of structure when kids are not in school, but by following these tips, you can set the way for a smoother transition.