I don’t know about you but I have been struggling with keeping things organized this summer and into the start of the new school year. With the new school year for my son upon us I thought it would be wise to create some kind of system that will help us manage our school days better. In particular the mornings and afternoons.
Hayden is 7 which means if he can get away with not doing something, he will. I created these picture frames with a checklist in them in order to help remind Hayden of what he needs to do in the morning before school. Also, he gets to use the dry erase markers so he is all about checking items off!
I decided to make two lists: one for the morning and one for the afternoon. Hayden thrives on organization and I thrive on not constantly reminding him what needs to be done. It is also important that Hayden have direction since he has to learn how to adapt to two different households as well as two different sets of expectations. Having what is expected of him right in front of him diminishes the arguments and sets clear expectations.
I first started by making a list with Hayden on things he thought he could feasibly do every day. Then once we decided, I simply just created a document on the computer and printed out.
Next I grabbed an old frame my mom was going to get rid of and put it in it. Viola! List created! This for me was better then doing a dry erase board because I know how that would go in our home. He would go crazy writing on it and erasing it over and over again.
This may seem simple but it has saved many arguments in the morning and evening. If everything is checked off (with the exception of brushing his teeth) by the end of the evening, Hayden gets a treat and I get to avoid an argument about what has and has not been done!
What simple tricks have you done to keep your kiddos on task? Let me know in the comments!