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BLOG: Let The List Be The Bad Guy

It’s summer and one of the complaints I hear from many parents is “I’m tired of nagging my kids every morning to do what they are supposed to do.” 

One of the tools that has helped our family is “The List”. Each morning my kids make a list of several things they must finish before they can play. Topping the list are the usual - get dressed, comb their hair, and brush their teeth. Then there might be two or three other items such as put away their laundry, complete their worksheets, or spend 30 minutes reading.   

With the list, they know what must be done – it can take them 30 minutes or it can take them 3 hours…it’s up to them. The faster they complete their list the more free time they have. 

When they ask if they can play my response is – “Is your list done?” They always know the answer and I’m not the bad guy.

 Give it a try and let me know

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