My previous post discussed ways to set up a daily schedule for the family, listing all the important events, tasks, assignments and deadlines for the week.
Having a schedule in place moves responsibility for time from the parent to the child. Instead of telling the child exactly what she is supposed to be doing at a given time, you can prompt her to check her schedule. So at 5:35 on Monday, you would prompt Joy to check her schedule if she has not started to set the table.
If someone wants to know the time for dinner, when Mom will be home, when he can go to a friend’s house, how long he has to read – just prompt him to look at the schedule!
The child helped to develop the schedule, and it is the schedule that tells her how long she has to read, not the parent. The child is able to independently check what her day will look like at any time, without having to depend on an adult. Using a daily schedule reduces the feeling that adults communicate only by nagging.
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