Over the weekend, I put a picture up on my Facebook and one of my friends commented on the dual white boards in the background.
I'm alllll about the White Boards.
Yes, I capitalized them. I take my White Board very, very seriously. I have 5 or 6 of them - I don't really know how many I have because my kids swipe a couple for their own use. I use them for everything. If I'm going out for the evening, I write night chores on them. (I have two wall mounted in my office to keep me - somewhat - organized.) My kids use them to slide notes to me when I'm on a call.
But I have two that stay in my kitchen full time. One has the weekly schedule - who has A period band (starts at 7:15), who has dance, what days are library/PE uniform/basketball/choir/music lessons/regular band - I canNOT tell you the number of times I've had to run an instrument to school. I'm trying to train the shorties to check the board every evening, for the next day, and every morning, to remind them of the upcoming day.
This is the second full time board - please to ignore my sloppy, second grade printing.
We sat down together at the beginning of the school year, when things were just horribly difficult and uncomfortably awful and discussed what needs to be done every day. My shorties had gotten into the habit of coming to me for direction - what's next, Mom? - and, also, they have a SHAMEFUL YouTube habit and if they don't have direction, the draw of the YouTube is just too much.
We talked about things like the fact that every body needs exercise, and it needs to happen every day.
(I need to listen to my own teachings every once in a while.)
The shorties have school required and provided chromebooks and the second day that one was dead in the morning as we were rushing out to school - well, it wasn't pretty.
Mornings are certifiably insane in my house. I've got a bunch of different people going a bunch of different directions and not one of them is at all pleased to be upright at that time, never mind awake, and it's way too much to ask for them to be happy. It's loud and it's obnoxious and everyone is in each other's way and total frantic chaos is the norm.
And, to be quite honest, I wanted them to take more responsibility for their behavior - as a 5th grader and a 6th grader - it's time for them to be responsible for what they need. I want them to know that they should be upset with themselves if they have forgotten their snacks, or library books, or whatever.
It's been a month - have they REALLY been in school a month, well, not quite, but 4 weeks - and it's slowly becoming routine. They know to check the board. I've had to be out at night a few times - the worst thing in the world for my kids, because they lose their damned minds when I'm not here to police them gently remind them of their duties - and I'd say that they've had an 80% success rate.
My high school kids can use the chart too, but it's primarily for the shorties. It's to keep me from tripping over clothes in the bathroom, having an apoplexy over the condition of their bedrooms, and hearing that they were punished because they forgot their library books or chromebooks or they were hungry because they forgot a snack.
I'm curious to know what you do to help teach your kids responsibilty?