Every morning when J wakes up, she comes immediately to our room and asks for one thing, “Can I watch Magic School Bus?” My response to my husband (J goes immediately to his side in the mornings) is that she needs to do certain things before she can watch her show. It got to the point that I was getting annoyed at the fact that I was constantly reminding her of what needed to be done until I had an idea that now saves my breath and teaches her to be responsible.
What did I create for my daughter you may ask? I created a simple daily routine chart with the non-negotiables: breakfast, brushing teeth etc and then I added it to her wall right beside her bed so she can see it first thing in the morning and one of the last things before bedtime.
I am all for visual appeal- I hate black and white printables. There I said it. If its not cute or visually appealing I am not going to look at it twice or use it. That doesn’t mean that when I create something I execute it well but I will toil away at something until it seems close to perfect. (My husband says that’s a flaw but oh well.)
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Instead of the typical daily routine chart where you simply stick the task on or remove a button or make a mark that the task has been completed, I decided to do something that plays to her strengths. J is an artist- she loves painting especially. I decided that when her task has been completed, all she has to do is colour them in with her erasable markers. Happy mama right here!
To make this chart work for you simply download and print the file and slip it into a protective sleeve and mount it on a wall.
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