At long last, we are just a few days away from Spring Break! Whether traveling on vacation or staying home right here in Fairfield, it’s important that our preschoolers remain in their “normal” routines as much as possible. Dr. Mollie Greves Grow, a Seattle Children’s Hospital pediatrician, says: “Structured routines, even during busy times like vacations, help parents regulate the emotional and functional changes their children undergo as they develop. Routines help children know what to expect as they go through these changes.

Here are a few simple tips and tricks to keep top-of-mind over the next few weeks.

  1. Try to keep bedtime and waking hours the same as usual.
  2. Don’t deviate heavily from their typical diets. In fact, you can even mimic the snacks or lunch you’d usually pack for them so that they remember what they’re used to having each day.
  3. Get outdoors if the weather permits and try and limit screen time as much as possible.
  4. If able, set aside time each day to do activities that the children are used to at Presby Kids, like reading, writing, arts and crafts, sensory playing, etc.

Most importantly, have fun…and enjoy the time off with your family and friends!