3 Tips To Find Rest & Relaxation This Spring Break
It’s almost here. Those two glorious words – spring break. As a parent of a Complex Learner, you might need spring break just as much as your child does. Trying to manage everyone’s schedule, IEP meetings, sensory diets, visual reminders – the school year can be just as stressful for you as it is for your child!
While both parents and Complex Learners are more than deserving of a break, oftentimes it becomes anything but a break. Late nights, too much free time, dysregulation, and lack of structure can all lead to meltdowns and blow-ups. Not very relaxing! What can you do differently this year to ensure that the whole family gets to enjoy some rest and relaxation? We’ve got 3 tips for a stress-free spring break for those staying home and those looking to travel!
1. Stick to a routine
While sticking to the same wake-up and bedtimes doesn’t seem like the change of pace you’re looking forward to, it might be just what you need. Complex Learners thrive on routine and often when that routine is disrupted, chaos ensues. While your days will look different than a typical school day and you might even be in a different city, don’t be afraid to utilize what works for you during the school week. Follow the same bedtime routine to ensure your child is well rested for tomorrow’s activities. Preview the next day’s plans at dinner time. Write on the family calendar (or a whiteboard if you’re traveling) what will be happening the next day, where they’re going, when, and what they’ll need to bring. Add movement breaks into your day even if it’s just a movie day at home. Routine helps your child know what’s expected of them and helps them stay emotionally and physically regulated.
2. Get outside
Too much screen time isn’t good for adults or kids. This spring break, take breaks for your devices and head outside! Even if you’re not going on a vacation, just a walk at a nearby park or driving and walking along the beach can do wonders! If you are traveling, look up outdoor activities ahead of time to ensure you have plenty of options to choose from. Encourage your child to go play outside or go for a run around the block as their movement break. Being outside and in nature can help your child reset and regulate. It can also be soothing for you! Don’t underestimate the power of nature!
3. Balance Through Planning
While spring break is about recharging for the rest of the school year, it’s also about having fun. It can be hard to find time for both. That’s why we advise planning ahead to ensure you find the right balance for your family. Schedule some planned events in your week but also leave time for free time. Involve your child in fun educational activities (like cooking, a trip to a museum, or an outdoors science experiment) but also give them time to just be themselves and pick whatever activity they’d like. With a developed plan for how the week will look, you’re setting both you and your child up for success!
Whether you’ll be staying local or visiting a new city this spring break, with some prep work it’s sure to be a fantastic time for you and your family! Let us know what tips you swear by for school vacations in the comment section below!
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