My children are…children. They need constant reminders about the things they need to do each day. We have been awakening and getting ready for the day since they were born. So, why they can’t remember to put socks on before they put on their shoes is beyond me.
The issue isn’t really that they forget, it’s their snail-like pace that is so exasperating. That they haven’t grasped the concept of moving quickly, (or moving at all) on every morning except Saturday, is a part of getting ready for the day. It does not matter what time we wake up, children are just slow. I also realized that my reminders were probably making them dependant upon my reminders so I decided to stop reminding them. That didn’t work so well cause they are children and I usually cut them a little slack on the account that their mother is addicted to the snooze button.
So, my most recent solutions are these:
One sheet details what they need to do to get ready for school in the morning and what they need to do to get ready for school at night. The Boy and The Girl went through what should be on the sheet, and I still have to add the description. However, the pictures say it all. The other is a weekly pictorial of what needs to get done or what they get to do each day. That sheet is the stuff we all forget (yes I forget to give my kids a bath. I put it off cause I’m a procrastinator, they are young enough to get away with it, and too many baths dry out their skin) or the extras they ask about too frequently.
They were inspired by Moriah’s class calendars which gives a picture with each daily reminder and this packing list. I used watercolors to color in the pictures that I drew in pencil and outlined with a fine tip black pen. It was a lot of fun and it has been very effective. The project was very rewarding because it allowed me to use visual creativity to improve a system in my home. I also hope it adds a bit of literacy to The Boy’s world. He does read, but I don’t think he knows he’s reading when he does it–it’s very random.
I’ve also made a quilt for a family at church. They recently added another little girl to their family and I wanted to make a gift. So here it is:
It’s a little tiny baby quilt. Sometimes the crib size is simply too big to tote around. I love the colors. Unfortunately, this shot doesn’t show the lavender/white dot binding. I will not go into the details of this quilt cause they aren’t pretty, but all in all I am pleased. My hope is that they’ll use this for the all purpose pretty thing. Impromptu changing pad, swaddler, [p]lay mat.
Tomorrow, I’ll show you what I scored at the thrift stores. Thrift stores are absolutely irresistible.