Two things have changed here in the Rogers house. First, of course was the light bulb moment ( that was yesterday’s post). Second , was changing the rules on tv and computer usage.
The children have really taken to their set of index cards for chores. As a matter of fact, Logan did a vast majority of them this afternoon while Madison played with her friend , Tara. I had to remind him that he had lessons too.
All independent work and together lessons were completed again today. We have never been able to finish all our lessons two days in a row. This was with therapy this morning and Logan and I taking a 3 mile walk around the lake. (Logan did awesome on the walk and we had an ok conversation. Toward the end, he talked and I panted for breath. I will use this time later to work on checking to see if others are listening and not monopolizing the conversation. Maybe when I’m not panting for breath. lol)
Why is our schedule all of a sudden working when it has never worked before?
Everything is spelled out. Both children know what is expected of them. They know what needs to be done and are perfectly capable of doing it
I removed the tv/computer problem. One of the changes that I made yesterday was to turn off the tv/computer until 6 PM. Here’s the kicker. They have to complete their lessons and chores as well. Not only their independent work but our together work as well. This gives me accountability as well. Nothing worse than two kids bugging you incessantly to finish their work to get you motivated. Really. Plus , they were spending entirely too much time in front of the screen instead of playing like children should or using their brains to think of something to do or reading a book.
I quit complaining and nagging. I simply go about my business and do the together lessons. I go about my day. This has completely changed the atmosphere in the house. Everyone is relaxed. Praise music is playing. There is laughter again. Don’t underestimate the power of God in this turnaround. You can’t help but feel the Spirit moving when your precious 7 yr old princess is singing praises to God.
I implemented a set bedtime. Lights out. Music or audio book playing. Done. So, there is only a certain amount of time between 6 PM when the tv comes back on and bedtime. Plus, they have to eat dinner and take showers as well. during this time as well.
Yesterday, they finished everything at 9:17 PM. Lights out at 10:00 PM. They only got 43 minutes of tv/computer time.
Today, I had two extremely motivated children. Finished at 6:00 PM exactly. Everything. Madison needed some prompting as in did you finish your independent work? But we are still implementing working independently with her. She finished though and both children are proud of their accomplishment.