Charts: Visual aids are an invaluable tool for parenting. You can use charts to track behavior or set up daily chores. You can quickly create your own chart using whatever art materials you have on hand or print one from the internet.
Weekly Plan: If it's possible, try planning your errands for specific days. Perhaps keep all medical appointments on a Wednesday (Fridays can create a problem if there are issues with prescriptions that need to be resolved.) Grocery shopping could be done on Mondays so that if you are a coupon clipper you will be ready to go with Sunday's savings. Using a planner helps create a week that will flow better and hopefully will have you running around less.
Daily Plan: The most important part of the daily plan is not the clock, it's simply following a set order of activities. A daily plan should always allow for downtime and should be flexible. When children know what to expect next it becomes easier to concentrate on what is happening right now.
Kid's Planner: Many parents have found that placing an age appropriate planner in a child's hands produces a great deal of healthy independence. One method is to use a three ring binder and page protectors to create a planner. Pages containing rules, routines and chore lists are placed in the page protectors. A child can use a dry erase maker to scratch off items as they are completed and then wipe the page clean at the end of the day.
Meal Plans: Many special needs children have eating issues, whether it is a prescribed diet or the refusal to eat anything orange. By making a weekly meal plan you can find a way to balance your child's eating preferences throughout the week. When you share this menu with your child, and post it where they can see it, you may eliminate one more source of anxiety.
Routines create a sense of security in your home. When children can predict what’s happening next they are less anxious and more compliant. Having a set routine for children to follow boosts their sense of independence and raises self-esteem. We want our homes to be an oasis, a safe place to escape from the craziness of the world. Behind your doors your family is safe and secure, and that’s how they should feel.
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Special Needs and Special Planning
Being a parent typically involves a great deal of planning and balancing schedules. When you have more children, your need to plan expands proportionately. When you have a child with special needs planning becomes a necessity to daily functioning. There are a few quick tricks to help make planning a little easier for everyone.
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