It often feels like a big part of parenting is scheduling appointments. There’s always something that needs to get done and never enough time to actually do it. If you want to free up some time, you might want to consider making the following three appointments for your children during the summer.
Many schools require children to have a check-up before they start the new school year. For some, this means getting updated vaccinations. For others, this might mean getting clearance to play school sports. No matter what you need, though, it will always be easier to get one of these appointments done during the summer. Not only will you not have to deal with a busier schedule, but you’ll also get the benefit of not fighting for a coveted after-school spot at your doctor’s office when all of the other parents are trying to get their kids in for the same reason.
Your child’s dental health becomes increasingly important as he or she gets older, so make sure to start looking at pediatric dental care services. Not only will this help you with scheduling during the school year, but it gives you more time to make decisions if your child does have dental issues. Whether there are cavities that need to be taken care of or conversations about braces that need to happen, knowing that you’ll still have time for a follow-up visit is a major benefit of getting your child in during the summer.
Your child should visit a vision doctor at least once a year, so why not make your appointment during the summer? This actually has the same benefits as going to a traditional doctor or a dentist—less trouble with scheduling coupled with more time to make long-term decisions. It also has the benefit of allowing your child to get used to contacts or glasses before the school year starts. Given that you’ll need to make this appointment at some point during the year, you might as well get your child into an optometrist when it’s easier on your schedule.
It’s always a good idea to get the important appointments out of the way during the summer. Not only will that make life easier once your schedule fills up, but it will allow you to have a little more time to make important choices that concern your children. If you know that there’s a big appointment that needs to be done only once or twice a year, make sure to schedule it when your children are not in school.