Question: My son is finishing kindergarten soon and will have the summer off. We established a good routine for him throughout the school year that included set times for sleeping and eating. How can I avoid breaking his routine and sleep cycle this summer while he’s out of school?
Answer: It’s wonderful that you were able to establish a routine with your son that works both for him and your family. Children and adults respond well to consistency, and that routine likely helped him focus more while he was in school.
You can still keep a similar routine this summer, but you may need to make a few adjustments. Depending on how flexible your family can be, you might try some of these tips:
Even though your son isn’t in school this summer, you can still create a routine that mimics his school schedule by incorporating set mealtimes, learning and activity times, and bedtimes. If you are not home with him to implement these routines, make sure the daycare or babysitter can follow them.
For more information on establishing routines for your child, see the YOU: Your Child’s First Teacher 3-book set.