How To Get Your Kids To Remember Better

April 16, 2019

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Two words parents say multiple times a day are "don't forget," to which many kids simply forget the item or tasks that we told not to forget. A time management expert says stating "don't forget" is simply a waste of time because it doesn’t put your child's mind to work.  If you really think about it, stating "don't forget" isn’t exercising their minds because you are eh one calling all the shots. What if you could engage their thinking and having them form their own connections while completing the tasks you want? So replace "don't forget to bring your lunch bag" with "How are going to remember to bring your lunch bag." It’s a question that makes them pause, and then start coming up with solutions, a skill they will need to use all day, every day, for the rest of their lives. For older kids you can tweak your "don't forget" message further by asking "what's your plan?" It’s softer and sounds more like curiosity than nagging. An example is, “What’s your plan to get that paper written because we’re going to grandma’s for the weekend?”  Maybe their plan will work, or maybe it won’t. Your kids will probably forget things sometimes, face the consequences, and then hopefully come up with a better plan next time. What the shift in language does is detaches you, the parent, from their daily triumphs and fails.

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SOURCE: Lifehacker

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