Boost Your Summer with 1 Exclusive ADHD-Friendly Family Tool

Boost Your Summer

Jul 3, 2022

Boost Your Summer with 1 Exclusive ADHD-Friendly Family Tool

In a previous blog, I shared how I reconnected to my 2022 goals and checked in on using a Word of the Year theme to support reaching them with more ease. Now I am exploring Goals/Aims/Intentions (choose your word) for a shorter time period, specifically summertime.

What do I want to do? Where do I want to go? Who/What do I want to see?

I know from experience how quickly the lazy days of summer can blend into a hazy blur that flies by without anything on my summer list  being accomplished. If I don’t put some structure around what I want to do, it often doesn’t happen.

I also know that if I don’t write down what I want to do so I can actually see it (ISIM: In Sight, In Mind), I often plan more than anyone could ever do in a lifetime, let alone in just the three months of summer!

When Identifying my summer goals, I start with three general areas:

  1. Wellness (Prioritizing time for fun and play to support my physical and mental fitness)
  2. Relationships (Prioritizing time to connect with family and friends)
  3. Home Projects (Identifying what I want to accomplish at home)
  4. **I intentionally do NOT include work/business goals in my list. That is a separate area of focus for me. My intention here is to prioritize my free time during the summer months.


As an ADHD Coach, I know how many good intentions can be forgotten about without a good prompt. Prompts can be anything from audible alarms when it’s time to switch from one task to another to visible post-it notes stuck on the front door to remind you to grab your lunch from the fridge before leaving for work/school. I have included several of my favorites in my ADHD-Friendly shop: (**As an Amazon Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

Once you have identified what you want to achieve this summer, what prompts will you need to support yourself?

Summertime Structure: A Tool for Families with Kiddos

When my kids were small, summertime was both a long slog of open space and a wonderful break from the busy school routine (mostly because of the truce on homework battles).

To make the change in routine work better for my four small children, I created a rough schedule to follow each week. Typically one day each week had a unique outing/focus. For example, one day was designated as the day we would go to the library, another we would have a picnic, watch a movie, have playdates, etc.

To make the routine visible and editable, I put it into one of my favorite tools, a spreadsheet. We often changed it up as we went through the week, but having a rough schedule to work from made it much easier to navigate the time each day.

These are some questions I explored when I was trying to create structure around our summer schedule:

  1. How often do we want to go out?
  2. What meals do I want to plan?
  3. What activities do we want to do as a family?
  4. What programs are available in the community or at the library?

Below is an example of a weekly schedule. Full disclosure: this is a lot of structure. I needed to fill entire days with my kids at home during the summer. If your kids are engaged during the days but need structure at nights or on the weekends, I invite you to explore what you would keep, add, delete to create a structure that works for you and your family. My favorite thing about having such a framework is how easy it is to update each week.

I hope this tool creates more ease and leads to an ADHD-Friendly Summer!

ADHD-Friendly Podcast

To learn more about how I prioritize my summer, I invite you to check out Episode #39: The one where Patty Prioritizes her Summer “Time”

Written by Patty Blinderman

To create content focused on leveling the playing field for individuals impacted by ADHD. Patty shares research as well as tried-and-true practices and her own experiences in the hopes that it makes your life a bit more ADHD-friendly!

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