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Parents of ADHD Children
So our mornings have become increasingly stressful. It’s not that my 11 year old son lacks the ability to do certain tasks, but he is easily distracted. When I check in on him, about 75% of the time he’ll just be standing in the middle of his room or talking to his cat. It comes with the territory, I know.
This weekend I’m going to make him check lists. I know he hates my constant reminders of what to do next, he says it makes him feel like a baby. So I’m hopeful that maybe a checklist will give him something to refer to in order to stay on track. My question is, where do you put the morning checklist? 1/3 of his routine happens in the kitchen (eating breakfast/making lunch); 1/3 in the bathroom; and 1/3 in his bedroom. So I don’t want to put the checklist in the kitchen, only for him to get distracted in his bedroom, etc.
Or do I make 3 lists? One for each area and the final instruction be for him to go to the next area where there’s a list? I just want to give him the greatest opportunity for success - and honestly, I’d L-O-V-E to work out a system that gave him some independence and me enough time to put on my make up at home instead of during the drive to work. Soooo many reminders leaves me very little time to get ready myself.
Any other suggestions?