Has your teen gotten a bit lackadaisical about their responsibilities? Would your teen benefit from adding some healthier habits into their summer routine? Depending on where you live, your teen is about half way through their summer, so this is a great time to check in with them and get clear about how they REALLY spend their day.
It might be quite obvious to you what your teen is not doing, so revisiting your expectations while celebrating what they have been accomplishing is important to make sure your teen is feeling fit mentally and physically when the school year begins.
While adding habits that your teen would specifically benefit from incorporating into their day is the best place to start, below are my top six habits that ALL teens would benefit from adding to their summer routine.
Drink More Water
Drinking water is important all year long to stay hydrated and flush toxins, but during the hot summer months, it is even more important. I have found that some teens drink water all day long and others act like they are drinking poison.
Be More Active
Some teens are happy to be sedentary all day long while others are naturally active and don’t need any prompting to get moving during the day. However, even if a teen exercises for an hour a day, if they sit for the rest of the day, then they are still a couch potato. When I work with teens, I teach them how to work movement into their schedule all day long.
Summertime is full of impromptu get togethers which often involve food and heading out for ice cream is a favorite summer pastime for many. In order to ensure that your teen isn’t just eating snacks all day long, set clear boundaries around snacking.
Most teens are required to read certain books for the upcoming school year. Some teens hate to read and will always avoid it. However, even teens who enjoy books like my kids, sometimes resist reading in the summer. Below are two great strategies to create the habit of daily reading. (To learn more tools to help your teen finish their summer reading with ease, go here.)
Limit Screen Time
As parents, we have the opportunity to help our teens find a balance between having fun on a screen and using a screen as an escape without the need to be a screen police all day long. (Click here for more strategies to help you teen limit their screen time.)
Develop a Daily Relaxation Practice
Summer time tends to be a less stressful time of the year for many teens. It is a perfect opportunity for your teen to pick a strategy and develop the habit of relaxing and incorporating a bit of silence into their day. This way, when their days do become more stressful, the habit is already formed.
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