Handwriting on the Desk and Other Random Parenting Hints

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messy locker adhdIf your child is in elementary school and keeps forgetting the same things, type up a “to do” list and tape it to their desk. When one of our sons was in fourth grade, the teacher had encouraged her children children to do this – not just ADHD kids. I saw ‘how to label a paper’, ‘what to pack for home’, ‘what to unpack in the morning’, and ‘before I speak’. (I’m not saying whose that was!) It’s a life skill to make lists, so all children should learn how.

If in the chaos of changing classes, your middle schooler can’t remember what’s needed for each class, here’s a hint for you. It was sent in by Barbara. “My eleven year old son…just started middle school. Everyday he leaves with an index card in his back pocket. On the index card is his schedule for that particular day. We list the subjects in order along with the classroom locations. He is allowed two locker stops during the day and one at the end of the day. On the index card we note the times for locker stops with a bold black line. Then he knows which books to take with him to classes, until the next locker stop. Otherwise he would probably carry all of his books with him, all day long, for fear he would forget something. It works for us!”

Get your children in the habit of saying positive things. One family I know has a “best thing” time each night at dinner. Each member of the family – even the teenagers! – tells the most positive thing that happened to them that day. Another encouraging exercise is to go around the table and have each person say something positive about the other family members. Of course, our oldest son’s favorite compliment used to be, “He’s got an awesome big brother.” Ron turned 23 yesterday. He’d probably say the same thing if we did this tonight. 🙂

About Kayla

Kayla Fay is a freelance writer and the mother of four boys, three of whom have been formally diagnosed with the inattentive type of ADHD. When she started “Who Put the Ketchup in the Medicine Cabinet?” in 2002, her sons were ages 8 through 14, when her life was a “progression of dirty laundry, lost homework, misunderstood Algebra, and a whole lot of love and fun”.

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