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3 Reasons to Stick to Your Child's Routine This Summer

The summer months are upon us, which means warmer weather and later nights. But should our little ones join us when we stay up with the sun? Today’s post will discuss three reasons why your children should stick to their routine this summer, even when it may be tempting to do otherwise!

Tantrum Prevention

The number one reason to stick to your routine this summer is to prevent those terrible tantrums from happening! As a child therapist, I always ask families about their child’s sleep. This is because if your child isn’t getting enough sleep, they will most likely have behavioral issues, such as temper tantrums and overall irritability. Think ahead and prevent those difficulties as a parent by sticking to your nighttime routine even on those warm summer nights!

Communicate Safety

It can be really difficult for children to go to new places and see new people. This happens all the time during the summer with all of the get together, barbecues, and vacations! A routine, even as simple as wake up time, meal times, nap time, and bed time, communicates to children that they are safe and cared for. Implementing your typical routine during the summer (and especially if you are sleeping away from home) will make it that much easier for your child to adjust to being in a new place.

Built in Break

I feel like a broken record when I talk about how important it is for caregivers to take care of themselves! If your cup as a parent or caregiver is full, you have that much more to give your child! A great reason to stick to your child’s nighttime routine is to give yourself a break at the end of a long day. I know that I always take a BIG exhale after my kids are down for the night! Take advantage of that time to take care of yourself, however that may look like!

I hope this post convinced you to stick with your family’s routine for the summer months! If you’re interested in learning more about how to support your child through child therapy services in Rochester, New York, contact Kait today at kaittownerlmhc@gmail.com or (585) 206-1506

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