Elementary-age children are still developing their ability to store information. So they forget their books, their homework and even their lunches.
It’s tempting to keep track of your child’s things. But this won’t help him in the long run. His success in school will depend on his ability to take responsibility for himself and his belongings.
Doing these things will help him get started:
- Write down what you expect your child to do. Post lists of his morning responsibilities, weekly chores, and items he needs for school.
- Show your faith. Let your child know you believe he can be responsible for what’s on his lists.
- Ask your child to check off tasks when he does them. He can put question marks next to any task with which he needs your help.
- Establish a routine. Have your child show you his completed list before he can play.
- Help your child figure out where to store his things when he’s not using them.
- Set a good example. Know where you put your keys. Check your calendar to prepare for the next day.
- Show your child how to keep his own weekly calendar.
- Let your child experience the consequences of forgetting. Don’t bring his homework to school when he forgets it.
- Praise your child when he remembers and does what he’s supposed to.
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