Aug 27 2011

Kids Love Lists! Use Them To Improve Behaviour!

Published by at 9:46 am under Parenting Stuff

Our morning routine seem to take forever, I was constantly reminding and pushing my 3 and 5 year old to get dressed, make their beds, pack their bags, brush hair and teeth etc etc.  It was like the same job each morning was a new request and the kids took no initiative to just ‘get ready’.  My son came up with the idea of making a list of all the jobs we have to do in the morning to get ready with a box next to it that I have to tick when the job is done.

We came up with 6 jobs – get dressed, make bed, pyjamas away, toys away, brush teeth, brush hair and left a blank box incase we thought of anything else.  The first day we used the list the kids raced around doing each job on the list and excitedly raced to me to let me know the task had been completed and to get their tick.  It was like a miracle! I didn’t have to tell them what to do and we had spare time to play a game before we had to walk to school!  We now use the list every day and our morning routines are fun, easier and quicker.

Here is a copy of our Morning_routine as an example to get you started if you want to do something similar. My kids just enjoy getting a tick for each job, but you could try using a stamp or stickers.

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