A’s Summer routine as an ADHD toddler
*Disclaimer: I am not a health professional so any information is from my own experience*
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Happy almost end of the Summer everyone. School is almost back which means the year will be ending soon. Summer can be so chaotic at times.
Today I’m sharing my experience with having a child with ADHD and staying sane with a Summer routine.
How It Happened?
A got diagnosed with ADHD when he was three. A lot of people thought I was crazy but when you think or KNOW something is wrong with your child you always want to do what’s best for them.
Yes he is young but it was something always on my mind. After turning two he was still over hyperactive and still is. He isn’t on any medication since he is too young but is on a great IEP plan with our public school. Which in time may not even need medication.
Don’t Let It Get The Best Of You
Once ADHD sets in sometimes it can be hard to handle the situation. Sometimes especially as a sahm it can seem endless. Since he is hyperactive that can mean over sensitivity.
A Day In The Life
I’ve learned that routines are especially important. Last Summer he was in an extended year program until two weeks before school started and those last two weeks were daunting since I had no idea what I was doing.
A day in the life of having a child with ADHD is different with everyone and can be filled with mixed emotions. Some days can be the best and others can be almost running through a jungle while pulling your hair.
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Summer Schedule: On a non plan day
8AM: A is normally up at this time. Breakfast his favorite part of the day so I make sure I make him a great filling breakfast.
8AM-9AM: Activity normally educational wise.
9AM-11AM: Screen time. A lot of parents disagree with screen time but it actually helps him focus. On thing about ADHD as a whole is you can’t concentrate or focus for long periods of time. For us this can consist of tablet or watching something like educational.
12PM: Lunch: He likes almost everything. Plus he can go through stretches of things he’s obsessed with. At one point it was PB&J then a cheese sandwich all the way to chicken nuggets. His big thing now is Lunchables.
12:30-2PM: Pool time. We thankfully have our own pool. Plus A is such a water bug so every chance we get I’ll have him go in the pool.
3PM-6:30: Free time: If you don’t know by now A is a huge Jurassic Park/World feen so dinosaur games are his fave or just free playing with his dunks.
7PM-9:30PM: Every kid is different. Ever since being born he has never slept over 8 hours even as an infant so this can vary. Kids with ADHD tend to not get enough sleep which in turn turns up their hyperactivity. He doesn’t nap anymore so doing plenty of activities means driving that energy out of him. At times depending on the routine we will use 1mg melatonin or also use lavender essential oil.
What does your Summer routine look like?
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It’s so cool that you’re sharing this! I’m sure it will help so many people!
Aww thanks. It’s more common now that toddlers are being diagnosed but so hard to find others to relate to so I just wanted to put it out there.
Reading posts like this on ADHD are far and few between. Thank you for sharing this schedule! You are going to help lots of mamas out there ❤
Aww thank you so much.
My oldest who is 6, has high function autism along with aDHD; also a serious Jurassic Park/dink fan. Routines are key in our house. Anything outside of the norm and he will lose his damn mind. This is a great story.
Thank you so much.