Summer is the time of expanded horizons and endless opportunities for exploration. This is the time for families to be together and let some of the cares of the real world drift away. For families with kids who have Attention Deficit Disorder, this can be the best time of the year. Summer is what you make it!
Start with a plan. What does everybody expect from summer? Which activities do they want to do? Build a loose schedule around the activities. Build in approximate meal times and a time for bed. Make sure to include quiet times and enough rest for everybody. You also want to pay attention to nutrition. While summer should be relaxed, it is not a good time to let good nutrition fly out the window.
The latest research says that for optimal brain function, you need solid nutrition to build the chemicals to fuel the brain. Enjoy the fresh fruits and delicious vegetables of the season. If you have room, build a garden, even if it is just a small one. Kids will sometimes eat what they grow, although it is not what they prefer to eat from the store. Visit the local farmerís market. Try new recipes. Let summer be a time where you are able to push the boundaries of your food consumption in a way that improves your familyís health.
Donít forget intellectual pursuits! How many times a week do you need to go to the library? Are there museums in your area that are interesting and inexpensive? Does your child need tutoring to be ready for school next year? If so, hire somebody with a solid academic background and a playful spirit. If you want to tutor your child, try reading AD/HD Homework Challenges Transformed! by Harriet Hope Green. This book is an excellent reference to help you make learning engaging.
The outdoors calls to us in the summer! Does your neighborhood have a pool? It may be worth your money to buy summer passes. Donít forget that your yard can be a mini-water park. Water balloons are always a hit! A sprinkler is easy. You can also put a hose at the top of a slide for a water slide. Be careful with this one! Water slides move kids down them incredibly quickly. Many children enjoy a ďslip and slideĒ experience. There are commercial ones, but you might be able to make your own, if you have the materials. Do your research to find ways to make your yard into a summer paradise for kids.
Good summer activities are those that you and your family can enjoy together. Set the rules for the activities. Let your children know what to expect. Allow them to have input about the family schedule. Donít over-book the days. Try to find the right balance between activities and rest. Then, enjoy your summer. For kids with Attention Deficit Disorder, summer can be the refreshing break that they and their family members need.
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AD/HD Homework Challenges Transformed: Creative Ways to Achieve Focus and Attention by Building on AD/HD Traits