To do list for the kids: Chores
Once, after my husband came back from the bank to deposit some checks, he wrote down on his list of things to do: "go to bank, deposit checks". Then, he put a check mark next to it.
There is great satisfaction to checking off items on a list. A to-do list keeps us on track and focused. Until recently, though, I haven't really employed a to-do list for the kids.
Now, I have to. I can't keep telling them to bring their markers/artwork/sweater upstairs or put their clothes away. Instead, these are items with check boxes next to them:
- put clothes in hamper or closet
- put activities in craft bucket
I make a new list every day, with three top things to do. Some of them are "project-like" (i.e., "write thank you cards for Christmas gifts") as opposed to everyday tasks ("put out clothes for next day" or "empty out lunch box"). There is gratification for the kids when they go to the list for the day and slowly check items off.
How do you handle the list of things to do for the kids? Do you have a master list in the main room? Do you just rattle off verbally what they need to do? Give them a list on a piece of paper? I am [always] looking for ways to keep the kids organized, keep them focused on things they need to do...