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Reminder systems to Build your Child's Responsibility

Our brain is not built to remember many things all at once and thus we need tools to help us with our memory. Since we are unable to remember every single detail in our lives, we need systems to help us remember important information. Even your child needs reminder systems to help them develop healthy habits, discipline and responsibility. Here are a few ways you can work with your child to help them remember important details for their life. These reminder systems and tools will help you and your child develop healthy habits that will eventually become a lifestyle. If you haven't yet, here is a video that you can use to create a vision board with your child

1. Schedules

Yes, this is the first way to help your child remember their responsibilities for school and home. This gives them a guide to their daily activities and what is expected of them. It's essential to involve your child in the creation of schedules and display your child's schedule somewhere they can easily view it regularly. Having duplicates of the schedule around the home is also good. Some areas to place your child's schedule include on the fridge, near their desk or study area and even near the television in the living room. You can also get a planner for your child to help develop their organizational skills so they can grow into a responsible adult.

2. Vision Boards

This is an excellent pictorial representation for your child to remember their goals and aspirations whenever things get tough or when they are distracted. A vision board can motivate your child and help them remain focused. Place the vision board somewhere your child can see it often so they can view the vision board when they wake up in the morning, before going to bed, when they're playing video games and even eating. A soft copy vision board can also be placed as the screen saver of their phone and computer.

3. Alarms, Google Home and Amazon Alexa

With so much to remember and complete in a day as a parent, you need some help to remind your child and even remind yourself. These tools will help you and your child remember specific times and dates for specific activities. For instance, reminders about homework, the specific time to wake up, specific time for breakfast or lunch, the cut-off time for playing games and using devices to get ready for bed and even reminders for speaking affirmations to your child and yourself which helps to develop a positive mindset to face life's difficulties and achieve goals. Alarms and even these gadgets and apps like Google Home and Amazon Alexa can help you set up a daily routine and remind you and your child of the activities as the day and week progresses.

4. Charts

Charts are ideal for helping your child with repetition in learning. Your child can learn topics for subjects through charts in addition to other life skills. For instance, having a timetable chart helps your child easily recite their tables and it also reminds you to remind your child if they aren't reminded already to practice their tables. If there is anything you would like your child to learn and remember, create or purchase charts to help them with the learning process. Sticky notes in addition to flashcards can be stuck to the walls or mirrors of your child's room or study area as another means to remember and practice various topic areas.

5. Journaling

The wonders of journaling are not explored enough. This amazing coping tool will help your child gain self-awareness by helping them understand why they react a particular way to particular situations, remind them of the reason for their goals, practice gratitude and record life's experiences that can be turned into an art form. Journaling can assist your child with reflection to improve any behaviors or responses for the better. It also reminds your child of life lessons learned and ways they can protect themselves in case they experience these situations in the future. Work with your child to create boundaries that will help them embrace self-love as well as protect their mental health and wellbeing. An example of a boundary is helping your child create steps for what they can do when they feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Your child can also use their journal to list their unique coping strategies that are best suited for different experiences they encounter. This helps your child make the best decisions while experiencing intense emotions because they already have their guide for dealing with a situation they may have experienced.

Have you downloaded our journal writing prompts for your child to help them cope with changes in learning? Here is the link to this FREE resource

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