In the adult world we use timetables and schedules all the time. Making a very basic one with your child can help encourage independence and positive behaviour.
A timetable, pinned to the fridge, is a visual representation of your child’s morning routine – and many children respond well to visual reminders.
Involve your child in putting this together, make it a fun activity. It might look something like this:
A picture of some clothes
A picture of a breakfast bowl and spoon
A picture of a tooth brush
A picture of a coat
A picture of some shoes
You can then put it up in a prominent place and perhaps encourage your child to tick off the tasks they have done. Some supervision will be required to start with, you may need to allow extra time.
As children get older, your timetable can become a written list:
Put coat & shoes on
It’s such a good way of helping your child to remember themselves what they have to do, and helps to encourage independence.
When children are young it can sometimes be so much quicker and easier just to do everything for them, especially if there are no older children in the family.
Children tend to live in a different time zone to adults and it can be frustrating when you on a deadline to leave the house and your child is just not getting ready.
You may find yourself repeating and reminding, getting stressed or irritable, and maybe just doing everything for your child, just to get out of the house on time.
Try making a schedule… it might just give them the motivation they need.
- This is an extract from Jane Roger’s Parent Workbook: ‘How to encourage good behaviour, so you can enjoy your children’ You can buy it on Amazon, here