Yes, routines! But I’d love to hear some specifics from other families with young kids (mine are 9, 6, 4 in Aug and 2–we suspect all four have adhd but it’s still technically early to say about the littlest one).
Also, my husband and I both have ADHD (no one in our family is medicated although we would probably all be better off if some of us were), so while I know the benefit of keeping a routine, it’s not easy for us to follow through as we’re very irregular by nature. We do keep a fairly consistent minimalist daily rhythm centered around snacks/meals, nap/quiet time and bedtime/wake time.
I have a tendency to overplan and then it’s unrealistic and unattainable, so I try not to get too specific with our daily schedules. That said, I also regularly get overwhelmed by decision fatigue when there’s too much uncertainty from day-to-day yet I struggle to commit to plans very far in advance (my tendency is to make plans fairly impulsively, which can be great in the moment but doesn’t do much to help with making our days/lives comfortably predictable). Truth be told, while I know routines are so so helpful, the thought of anything that becomes too routine makes me lose interest before it’s even begun. As a result, we’re often just kind of all over the place.
Can anyone share what their daily/weekly summer routines actually look like? And please, share the tried-and-true as opposed to the best laid plans that never were... As a recovering perfectionist, I’m looking for routines that are realistic and not just sounding great on paper.