Woo-hoo! Summer vacation is almost here!No more homework battles. No more dragging the teens out of bed at crazy early hours. No more days filled with middle school drama! As much as I find myself counting down the days to freedom right along with my teen, I also get a little panicked about what summer will really bring. Will he sleep all day, play on his phone until dinner, and then expect to hang out with friends all night? How do I get him moving and keep him busy? We all know that eat, sleep, and exercise are the foundations of keeping us physically healthy, but many people forget that these three choices also keep us emotionally healthy. Teens tend to fall way off track on all three of these, especially in the summer. They sleep more, which is actually great, but their sleep cycle quickly morphs into that of a nocturnal creature. They stop eating consistently like they had to during the school year. No breakfast, lunch around 2 p.m. when they wake up, chips while hanging out with friends, and then they're starving at midnight and eat anything they can find. Repeat that for three months and youve got a pretty nutritionally starved human being on your hands. Hopefully, they continue to exercise, but sadly, the sleep and eat pattern they adapt zaps them of any energy and the biggest movement a lot of teens make in the summer is from the bed to the couch. I wish I started every summer with color-coded chore charts and enriching, fun activities planned throughout the week. But thats not me. I mean well, I just dont always follow through on those great ideas. Im lazy sometimes I really dont mind if they play on their phone all day, because I want to play on my phone, too. So heres my lazy-mom plan for summer survival with teens. Don't worry it only contains four basic rules. Thats it. I only have to keep track of four things, they only have to follow through with four things. Sounds good to me!
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