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"When the Lazy Days of Summer are Too Lazy"

Here's how you can make sure that your kids unglue themselves from screens and devices.

Summer has officially started, but if you’re like most parents of teens with ADHD, you already wish that school is back in session. Although school days have their own stress and worries, at least the kids are occupied during the day instead of laying around, being lazy, making messes, fighting with each other, and eating you out of house and home.

When my son with ADHD was a teen, I worked full time and there were many days during the summer when I'd return home and he'd be in the same spot on the couch as when I left that morning. Left to his own devices, he would have stayed connected to a video console or glued to one kind of screen or another all day, every day, all summer long.

Lucky for me, he had a younger brother, so before too much time passed during summer vacation, I found a college-aged girl to come over to “look after” my younger son. Although her primary job was to keep an eye on the younger one, (and keep the two of them from killing each other), her most important undercover job was to keep both of them occupied and unplugged as much as possible and to make sure my house stayed in one piece.

I know that not all parents have this option, so here are some ideas to get your teen off the couch and off the devices for at least part of each day for the rest of the summer.

1. Decide on "Allowable Device Hours"

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