In Bringing Up Parents: The Teenager’s Handbook, author Alex Packer suggests some ideas for developing good habits:
Make a list of agreed-upon responsibilities. Make sure both you and your teen agree on who does what when. “There’ll be no question whether Tuesday is the night for dishes or rubbish,” Packer says.
Come up with a schedule. If your teen tends to forget whether he has music lessons, athletic practice or a doctor’s appointment, he needs a weekly schedule.
Write notes. This is why millions of yellow self-stick note pads are sold each year. If your teen doesn’t have the habit of writing notes and posting them in prominent places, teach her this survival skill.
Do it now. A lot of irresponsibility, Packer says, “is good, old-fashioned forgetfulness.” The longer your teen puts something off, the greater the chance he’ll forget. Teach him to avoid procrastination.
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