Your Ultimate Guide to Thriving This Summer with Your ADHD Child

by | Jun 5, 2023 | ADHD Symptoms, Mindset, Parenting

Summer can be a challenging time for parents of children with ADHD. 

With no school schedule to follow, the change in routine can be a big source of stress for both parents and children. 

But don’t worry, there are ways to make the summer months more manageable and enjoyable for both you and your child. 

Here are seven tips to help you thrive this summer with your ADHD child. 

 

Your Ultimate Guide to Thriving This Summer with Your ADHD Child: 

1-Set up a daily routine to provide structure and predictability for your child.

While summer is a time for relaxation, kids with ADHD tend to do better when they have structure and predictability in their lives. 

So, it’s essential to create a daily routine for your child that includes regular meal times, bedtimes, and activities. 

You can use a visual schedule or a checklist to help your child understand what’s coming up next and what they need to do.

2-Plan for fun. 

Summer is all about having fun, but it’s important to plan activities that will be enjoyable for both you and your child. 

Consider activities that are both physically and mentally stimulating, such as swimming, hiking, or visiting a museum. Make sure to involve your child in the planning process, so they feel invested in the activities and are more likely to engage in them.

Also make sure and plan activities in advance to give your child a sense of security.

Children with ADHD can struggle with unpredictability and sudden changes in plans. Planning activities in advance helps with this. 

3-Stay active. 

Regular exercise is beneficial for children with ADHD, as it helps to release excess energy and improve focus. Encourage your child to engage in physical activity regularly, whether it’s playing outside, going for a bike ride, or practicing a sport they enjoy.

Get outside and engage in physical activities that can improve focus and decrease hyperactivity. Physical activity can be a great way to help your child manage their ADHD symptoms. Being outside in nature can also help reduce stress and improve mood. 

4-Manage screen time. 

While screens can be a helpful tool for keeping children occupied, too much screen time can be detrimental to their development and well-being. 

Set limits on screen time and encourage your child to engage in other activities, such as reading, playing board games, or spending time outdoors.

5-Take care of yourself. 

Parenting a child with ADHD can be exhausting, so it’s essential to take care of yourself as well. 

Make sure to carve out time for self-care activities, such as exercise, meditation, or spending time with friends. Taking care of yourself will help you stay energized and better equipped to handle the challenges of parenting a child with ADHD.

6-Reach out for support by joining a support group for parents of children with ADHD.

Parenting a child with ADHD can be challenging and isolating. Joining a support group for parents of children with ADHD can provide you with a community of people who understand what you’re going through. 

These groups can provide emotional support, practical advice, and a safe space to share your experiences.

If you haven’t yet joined my free ADHD parent support group on Facebook, I want to invite you to do that today

7-Begin reducing your child’s ADHD symptoms using natural strategies. 

Medication is not the only way to support a child with ADHD, and the summer is a great time to put some practices into place that can make a big difference.

Begin by focusing on your child’s diet and reducing those foods that are highly inflammatory, like gluten, dairy, and soy. You can also try adding in omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods like fatty fish and nuts, which have been shown to improve cognitive function and reduce hyperactivity.

In addition to dietary changes, exercise can also be a natural way to help manage ADHD symptoms. Physical activity has been shown to improve focus and attention in children with ADHD. You can encourage your child to engage in activities like swimming, biking, or team sports to help them burn off excess energy and improve their mood.

 

Finally, consider mindfulness and relaxation techniques to help your child manage stress and improve their ability to focus. Meditation, deep breathing exercises, and yoga are all great options. These practices can help your child develop better coping mechanisms and improve their overall sense of well-being.

With these tips in mind, you can make the most of your summer with your ADHD child. 

Remember to stay patient, flexible, and positive, and enjoy all the new experiences and adventures that this time of year has to offer.


 

Want to know more about how we can help YOU get to a place of peace and calm with your child using natural strategies?

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Alternatively, for more details about how you can help reduce your child’s ADHD symptoms, sign up for my free online webinar today here.

And as always, I am not a medical doctor and the above post is based on my experience. No information on this site should be relied upon to make a medical diagnosis, treat, prevent or cure any disease or medical condition. 

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Hi, I’m Dana Kay, and I am a Board Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Practitioner. My goal is to assist families who have children with ADHD, through nutrition and functional lab testing and to discover HIDDEN stresses and dysfunctions, as well as implementing a holistic and all-natural family approach to health and wellness.

Book your free call with one of my expert team members to help you take your next step toward a healthier, happier home. There is absolutely NO RISK. It’s free, and there are no obligations. All we will do is chat about how we can help you get to where you want to go!