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How to stop nagging the kids

By September 11, 2017 January 12th, 2019 No Comments

Nagging. We promise ourselves we will stop nagging the kids, but here we are. EEEEeeeeevery morning, eeeeeeevery afternoon and eeeeeevery bedtime.

Groundhog Day. Repeat. White noise.

“Where are your shoes?”

“Have you brushed your teeth?”

“Is your homework bag in the car?”

“Did you remember your permission notes?”

“Leave your violin near the door!”

Ugh!

We need to empower our children with the life-skills they need to be self-directed and organise their own schedules and equipment. When our kids are small, it is natural to take on the role of manager and guide them through their day, but as they get older, the burden of responsibility needs to shift.

But HOW?

For many years, my daughter Chelsea did swimming lessons at 4:30 in the afternoon, every Monday.

So, I would pick her up from school and we would come home for afternoon tea and then she would get ready for swimming lessons.

My neighbour (two doors down) would pick her up at about 10 past 4 and drive her, along with her own daughter to the pool. And, I would pick them both up at the end of the lesson.

Every Monday at about 4:00pm in my house it would go something like this …

  • Tell Chelsea to get ready for swimming lessons
  • Remind her to put on togs, grab a towel and check that goggles, flippers, kickboard thongs were all packed
  • Check she was ready to go with this bag, on time

EVERY Monday afternoon for literally years, we followed the same script. What a waste of time and energy. And Chelsea, because she didn’t have ownership of the routine, never took on any responsibility for organising herself.

Sound familiar?

I have the solution to stop nagging the kids.

Life Sorted” is a brand new app designed for busy families, just like yours.

I quickly and easily set up a repeating event for Chelsea, using the app. Every Monday, “4:30pm – Swimming lessons” pops up in her schedule.

In the notes field, I enter all the details …

  • Kate is picking you up
  • Remember to put on your togs, pack a towel, goggles, flippers, kickboard and thongs.

I then set a reminder for 4:00pm, which triggers a push notification to pop-up on Chelsea’s iPad or phone with all these details.

That’s it.

No more freakin’ nagging.

I kid you not.

Obviously, this only works if your children are old enough to have an internet device or smart phone. Honestly though, if they are old enough to have a device, surely they are old enough to start taking responsibility for their schedule, right?

My daughter Chelsea is in year 10 and she has a busy routine. She uses the “Life Sorted” app to keep track of everything – all her sporting activities, social events, plan her homework, remember important dates for exams and assignment due dates.

Another bonus, all her events are synced to every device in our home, so I can easily keep track of what she is up to.

For two years now, “Life Sorted” has been in the works, being tested by families who are experiencing the positive impact and amazing benefits of its organisational powers on their lifestyles.

I’m so thrilled to share it with you. Very soon.

I want you to enjoy your best life.

Jo Burgess

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