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Parenting Hack: Get Your Child Excited for Summer by Including Them in the Planning Process

Children and Parents planning summer together
Are you a parent looking for ways to engage your child in creating a summer plan? Look no further! Summertime is the perfect opportunity to make lasting memories and bond with your child. It's important to involve your child in the planning process so that they feel valued and excited about the upcoming summer months.

Here are a few tips to help you include your child in creating a summer plan:

1. Sit down with your child and brainstorm ideas for summer activities. Ask them about their interests and what they would like to do during the summer. This can be a great opportunity for your child to take ownership of their summer and feel involved in the decision-making process.

2. Create a summer bucket list together. This can include fun activities such as going to the beach, having a picnic, going on a hike, or visiting a local museum. By involving your child in the creation of this list, they will feel empowered and excited about the upcoming summer adventures.

3. Encourage your child to take part in planning and organizing these activities. Whether it's helping to pack for a day trip, setting up a lemonade stand, or arranging playdates with friends, involving your child in the logistical aspects of the summer plan can help them feel responsible and capable.

4. Don't forget to schedule some downtime. While it's important to keep your child engaged and active during the summer, it's also important to allow them time to relax and recharge. Encourage them to read, draw, or simply enjoy some quiet time outdoors.

By involving your child in creating a summer plan, you can help them feel excited and engaged throughout the summer months. It's a great way to foster independence, creativity, and a sense of ownership in your child. So, don't worry about your child being bored during the summer - get them involved in the planning process, and watch as they eagerly anticipate the adventures that lie ahead. Together, you can create a summer full of fun, learning, and memories that will last a lifetime.


Dr. Muhammad Zeshan Headshot Dr. Muhammad Zeshan My name is Muhammad Zeshan, MD, and I am a Harvard trained infant, child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist at Inside Out, a private practice based in Princeton, New Jersey. I am currently working as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School-Newark, New Jersey. Through Inside Out CURE, my focus is to help individuals become more Compassionate, Understanding, and aware of their inner strength and vulnerabilities, while developing Resilience and Empathy. I offer a variety of mental health care services to all age groups (infancy through adulthood) by applying principals of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, positive psychology, family therapy, parent-child intervention therapy, pharmacology, and neuroscience.

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