Inside: Mom-approved tools that help to get kids to cooperate naturally. And happier, more cooperative kids leads to happier moms & dads too!
Wondering why your kids aren’t naturally more cooperative?
5 ways to positively impact the cooperation level of your kids:
1. Set a loose schedule for your day
2. Using a morning/evening Routine Chart
3. A visual guide to healthier meals & more cooperative eating
The battle over broccoli can get exhausting. This plate offers a clear visual of what my kids need to eat if they’re even going to think about getting dessert for the night. It’s also helping to instill the habit of eating a well-balanced meal with her. You can get them from Amazon, by clicking here.
I’ve found that these visual serving plates also help to give me a visual guide to be sure I’m feeding my children healthy, balanced meals. Check out my Snacktime Survival Guide for fun meal and snack ideas that will make your newly cooperative kids happier and healthier.
4. Give all of their belongings a home.
5. Plan your kids’ outfits out on Sunday night for the upcoming week.
By choosing their clothes ahead of time, we’ve achieved the following:
1) Our kids LOVE the one-on-one time. And being totally honest, this has become one of my favorite Sunday night traditions with my daughter!!!
2) It gets them excited for the week ahead. Since we spend time talking about the week and upcoming activities—they’re an active participant on our plans vs. a passive one. Side note: I try to plan one special kid activity from this list each week for us to do together.
3) We eliminate the need to make big decisions first thing in the morning. Talk about helping to get everything to just run smoother! Not to mention, this simple change cuts our prep time down from 40 minutes to 20 in the morning.
Check out this bright and fun hangable “Days of the Week” cubby. You can find it on Amazon. It’s been a GAME CHANGER for us! I love that it stores my kid’s outfits perfectly.
We even use it to hold special assignments and library books that need to be sent to school on specific days so we don’t miss a beat! Click here to check it out on Amazon. Looking for primary colors? They have that as an option as well.
I hope that these 5 tips and tricks we’ve learned along the way will help make life a little bit easier and fun for both you and your children! Sometimes all it takes is some extra effort in communication, a cute chore chart and a few small splurges from Amazon to make everything fun and new again!
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