Here’s my biggest problem – the homework thing. I’m always that parent who is late getting the permission slips or the book orders in and I forget to turn in lunch money on time, etc. Let’s face it, I’m terribly disorganized and I’m passing it on to my children. Matt struggled terribly all through Jr. High and High School and I’m sure a good part of it was my failure to follow through with him on a daily basis. If I don’t want Blake to end up having the same problems, I’m going to have to start teaching him now and also getting my own fanny in gear!
Based on some of the back to school tips I’ve been reading, I’m going to try a couple of different new things. I made a checklist for him of various things – making his bed, brushing his teeth, doing his homework, clearing out his backpack. There are 17 things on the list and he has to check off at least 13 of them before he can watch TV or play any video games. He is passionate about his video game time, so that is a good incentive for him.
I’m also going to set up an in box/out box for his homework and other papers. That will get them out of his backpack where we can see them and also get him into the habit of sorting out his own papers on a daily basis. I’ll have one slot for completed work, one for parent announcements and flyers, and one for homework in progress. This is one of the things on his checklist.
I’m also going to set an extra alarm clock to keep us on track in the morning. He never has a problem getting up, but he has ADD and he totally gets sidetracked trying to get himself ready in the morning. So do I, which is why I’ve been using my timer in the mornings and having him help keep me on track. So I’m going to set an alarm for 7:30 in the morning. That’s when I need to be in the shower and that is when he needs to be dressed and ready to start breakfast. Then he can be fed, lunch made, backpack ready and out the door by 8:15.