Sometimes it is hard to find moments where the whole family is present and engaged. I started using this format to engage the kids and promote accountability and contribution. What we do is we take turns having a "child of the week" (provided that that child has completed their weekly chores) and they get to choose the weekly activity and one meal of the week.
The kids really love the gathering and being able to contribute to the over all plan! Meetings only take about 10-15 minutes and allows the children know what to expect. I find there is less complaining about the meals that aren't the "chosen" ones.
So I saw some really cute Printable's out there where your kids get to earn their groundings away. So I thought I would custom make one that could be editable. I personally love this one, and my 11 year old even chuckled when she received her first revised grounding....
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Initially I was going to separate these Printables into two posts as they we designed with different purposes in mind. After reviewing them, however, I realized that their uses can vary so bear with me if I jump all over the place while attempting to explain them.
The first sheet was initially used for my eldest daughter’s, father and I to communicate more effectively between visits. That way neither party would forget to share important dates or details and we could co-parent more consistently and effectively. But it has also been beneficial in tracking her moods, medications (she has ADHD) and even identifying some food intolerances in my youngest daughter.
The last two Printables were used during our last Triple P refresher to track our progress and identify patterns in our children’s behavior so that we could make the necessary changes to help prevent reoccurrences. (For more info on Triple P Parenting Program, click on the link above.)
However, it could prove useful for many different parenting strategies. The last two sheets can also be used to identify behavioral patterns in correlation to food and sleep to help identify food tolerances/allergies and or sleep requirements/sleep disorders.
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