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CREATING A CHECKLIST FOR YOUR KIDS
Most adults need checklists to keep track of things they need to accomplish on a daily basis, especially busy moms.
Your children can benefit from a checklist system, as well. It can be very beneficial.
I have a child who has Attention Deficit Disorder. I have always used a checklist system so that he can get his daily tasks completed.
Create the checklist based on the child's age.
Make a list which starts with things you need them to do from the time they get up in the morning until they go to bed at night which is age appropriate.
Don't overload the list.
The intention is not to fill their days with chores so they don't have time for anything else. The list is intended to provide gentle reminders of what they are responsible to do.
Here are some suggestions: brush teeth, make the bed, put clothes in hamper, pack up the backpack for school, hang up their coat when them come home, do homework, set the dinner table, wash the dishes, clean up the toys and/or games, take a bath or shower before bed, lay out clothes for the next day.
Again, depending on the age of the child will depend on the type of checklist and what is put on the list.
Review the list.
Take some time to sit down with your child and review the list so that they understand what is expected of them and let them know this is a tool to help them. Ask for their input.
Reward their accomplishments.
At the end of the day or the week, acknowledge how well they did with their checklist and reward them accordingly. Give them an incentive if necessary to get them to get their tasks completed. Your child will enjoy that great sense of accomplishment.
Audrey Cupo is a full-time Professional Organizer and sole proprietor of A BETTER SPACE based in Bucks County, PA. She specializes in residential organizing and focuses her business on helping busy moms get organized with her services and her U Can Do It product line. To sign up for her free monthly newsletter "Organizing News You Can Use", go to www.4abetterspace.com.
posted on: 2/5/2010 8:30:00 AM by Audrey Cupo
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