I am a busy working mom of 3 children ages 21, 16 & 7.  I am always looking for ways to make our days go smoother while teaching my children to be responsible for the expectations I have for them.  While my 21 year old daughter is off at college, I have the 2 boys at home with me.  Mornings and after school are always a challenging time.  Trying to make sure our mornings go smoothly so the boys can start their day on a positive note is very important to me.  After feeling like our mornings were filled with nagging the boys to get their responsibilities completed, I decided to create checklists for them.  Now I simply have to ask if their checklist is complete before they get ready to wait for the bus.  I found the following checklist online and I love it.  I edited it to fit each child.  I put it in a frame and command stripped it to their door.  Now they can just check off what they did with a dry erase marker and wipe it clean at the end of the week.  They are not allowed to be on their electronics (older son) or play with toys (younger son) until they have completed a portion of their evening checklist.  This has helped tremendously!

                                                                                                                – K Brandenburg



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If you have younger children or children who prefer a more visual presentation, I found this wonderful and simple idea.  I liked this idea because you could hang it on the child’s bedroom door with a command hook and the activities can easily be moved from one side to the other.


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