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3 *real-life* tested tips to raise independent kids, with the help of Post-it® Brand products.
Is it just me, or does July seem like a long month? “The days are long, and the years are short” runs on repeat in my head as we try to do all the things we planned for the summer. I want to make the most of this time when they’re little. We end each day happily exhausted, and collapse on the couch, already planning the next day’s activities.
I have a three-year-old and an eight-year-old both of whom are heading to school in the fall. So while we’re busy having fun in the summer sun, I know that the reality of a school schedule is just around the corner. I’ll be creating To Do lists, and getting back on track with our goals.
One of the ways I’ve managed to keep my sanity in tact during the long summer months is to work a little bit each day to cultivate the skills my kids will need for school time. It benefits everyone really…. there’s less stress for mom (yay!), the kids will be better equipped for responsibilities in school, and they feel a sense of pride when taking over some of their own daily tasks.
What sort of responsibilities are we talking about? Well, it depends on the age, and the particular kid. Every child has their strengths, and yes- even chores they prefer over others (just like adults!). Some of our basics: clean your room, feed the cats, pick up your clothes, brush your teeth, etc.
Try a few tasks per day or week, and once it becomes part of your routine, add a couple more– with rewards for progress!
And the BIG question, how do I motivate these kids to do chores?
It’s a combination of positive reinforcement and a simple rewards system. For us, a rewards system has done wonders. It is both easy to set-up and easy for kids to understand.
Simply put, my older daughter gets “stones” (as she calls them) for each task she completes. As she moves the stones from the bag to the jar, she can see the progress she is making toward a reward.
Rewards can personalized to the kid. We’ve done toys, activities, even choosing dinner for the night. I like how the kids can redeem their stones/marbles for smaller rewards or save a jarful for a bigger one. It really gets them excites about goal-setting.
I write up chores on a Post-it® Brand product, and she can easy see how to earn more stones. Sometimes I’ll bundle a bunch of tasks together, and she receives a few stones for “Pet Care” or a “Morning Routine”.
Plus, she loves to write up the task lists herself! It’s a wonderful progression, because I see her take ownership over her chores & To Do list. She becomes more independent, and Mom does less nagging. Awesome!
3 Tips for More Independent Kids:
- Encourage kids to try new chores, there’ll be a learning curve on some, but it will be worth it in the long-run.
- Have the kids write out their own schedules (parent-approved!) and tasks lists, to take ownership over their chores.
- Start a simple reward system to motivate them to keep reaching for their goals!
Another big benefit? You’re 42% more likely to accomplish things if you write them down. I can really see this impact with my eight-year-old. When she writes out her goals and plans on Post-it® products, she puts the tasks she wants to do and remember, front and center.
She even has long-term & short-term goals! My kiddo is growing up.
We love this system for easy goal-setting and task management. It’s a simple combination of a jar, marbles, and Post-it® Brand products. Our favorites to use are Post-it® Super Sticky Notes, Lined, 4″x6″, Bora Bora and Rio de Janeiro Color Collections, 4-Pack, Post-it® Notes Cube Mixed Case, 3″x3″, Pink Wave and Orange Wave, 400 Sheets/Cube, and Post-it Pop-up Notes, 3″ x 3″, Canary Yellow, 5-Pack. We love the bright colors.
Along with the Post-it® Brand products, we stocked up on Scotch® Magic™ Tape, 3/4 in. x 600 in., 2 Dispensers/Pack for the coming school year. We want to be set for success!
We save big on these products at Walmart!
I’d love to know, how would you use Post-it® Brand products to set goals for the coming year?
Want more inspiration on how to raise independent kids? Check out this super simple reward box tutorial!