In Today's Parenting Tip we will provide the top 5 reasons why you should have your children use to-do lists. They are great for school work and household chores.
Many students hate surprises. When you throw something unexpected at a student or child, the chances of a meltdown go way up. Students with learning disabilities tend to benefit most from having a fixed schedule. When a student makes a to-do list, they can eliminate surprises and feel in control.
I use to-do lists every day because I love the feeling of crossing items off of the list. The final item on a list is especially satisfying. A student can use a to-do list to study for a test. They simply write down all of the topics they need to know. Then they study each topic one at a time, crossing each topic off the list as they study it. When the list is finished, they are ready for the test.
Some students are natural organizers. They have everything color coded and know exactly where to find everything. This type of child probably even knows where your car keys are when they go missing. However, the other 95% of kids need some extra help to stay organized. Making a list of things they need to do for any topic allows a disorganized student to make a plan for success.
A to-do list provides a great opportunity for a child to prioritize their tasks. Kids and even adults fall into a trap of doing tasks we think are important, but that are actually trivial. A to-do list allows us to avoid this trap. When your tasks are written down in a list, it is very easy to determine what task is the most important.
I don't know how anyone gets anything done without to-do lists. Maybe I just have a bad memory, but without my lists I would forget at least a few things that I need to get done each day. Studies show that our short term memory is only capable of holding onto 7 pieces of information (which is why phone numbers have 7 numbers). If you need to get more than 7 things done, you will be in a lot of trouble without a list.
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