Good evening dear friends.
Ooh what a busy day it was today. I was up nice and early so that I could have coffee and breakfast before taking a leisurely walk to work.
It was an interesting day as we had meetings most of it and we heard about any changes and the expectations of this year.
Once home, I made dinner and took the youngest three to stay at Granny's house for the night as they are not back to school until Monday.
Rather than having a nice relaxing evening reading all the interesting blogs that I have found over the last couple of months, I took it upon myself to organise my darling thirteen year old who is back to school tomorrow.
At the end of last term I received a phone call from the school telling me that he had not brought in his asthma pump recently. The school has one but there were a few incidences last year where he was unable to make it to the medical room and resulted in them having to rush a nebulised to him. So a plan was put in place for him to carry one with him and the school to have two that were kept in different places.
Following this phone call I decided to check his bag OH MY big mistake, it was horrid! His books invariably had no covers or corners, pens and pencils were all over his bag, sheets of paper were screwed up everywhere. I was shocked. I thought at thirteen years old he was capable of organising himself. Clearly not!
We cleaned his school bag, I have not bought them new ones this year (last years are still in good condition). No need to spend unnecessary money. Then we got together all the things necessary for the start of the year. As we put the items in his bag I listed what was enclosed and we have discussed how I am going to write him a checklist, laminate it and put it on his bedroom door. I expect him to check his bag daily to ensure that everything is in it and that it is kept tidy. I will be doing spot checks and if there are items missing or it is untidy he will lose his Xbox time that day.
I am hoping this will make him more independent and aware that he needs to look after his things.
Do you have a disorganised teenager? If so what do you do to try to make them independent and organised? I would love to hear your ideas.
Well I have packed our lunches for tomorrow (yay, for saving money) and I am off to bed.