Tip: PLAN AHEAD FOR SUMMER VISITS WITH GRANDCHILDREN

MAINTAIN SCHEDULES
The biggest challenge during the summer is the change from specific routines around school to the less structured days of summer. Try to maintain your grandchild’s usual eating and sleeping schedule as much as possible.   
 
SETTING UP A SUMMER SCHEDULE
Track upcoming summer activities in a calendar that your grandchildren have access to so they can see what is coming up and what to expect.  
 
PREPARE IN ADVANCE
When you plan any activities, try to familiarize your grandchild with anything new or different i.e. show photos or practice the activity ahead of time.    
 
CREATE A BACKUP PLAN
Not every day will be perfect so as holidays approach, develop two scenarios: Plan A if things go well and Plan B if issues pop up.  
 
PREPARE FOR THE HEAT 
Cook some meals ahead of time that will save time and it will keep you out of the kitchen when it gets too hot and stock up on frozen treats. Buy fans ahead of time – they are often sold out in the middle of a heat wave and try freezing your sheets!