Before I made this Morning To-Do checklist for my second-grade daughter, the following things happened on more than one occasion:
1. My daughter would get into the car without shoes or socks (this happens more often in warm weather) and I would drive halfway to school before she told me.
2. I would get all the way to the school and find out she forgot her homework folder, her lunch, or her backpack and I would have to drive back and get the missing item.
3. I would take her to school on a cold day and realize she didn't have a coat or sweater.
4. My wife would ask me if I was crazy for taking our daughter to school with hair that looked like a rat's nest.
I finally made this checklist and printed out a fat stack, clipped them together with a binder clip, and put them on the kitchen cupboard. It took about a week for us to remember to use the checklist every morning, but then it became automatic. Now every morning, the first thing Jane does is grab a fresh checklist and start doing the activities, checking them off as a completes them. It's a game for her and she likes it. We've been doing this for about five months and it's reduced a lot of stress from our morning routine.
(I also made an Evening To-Do list but we have not been able to make it a habit like we did with the Morning checklist.)
When I was a kid, I was terrified of farting in class. At home, it was no big deal: it was a daily fart festival with my family. But at school? TOTAL FEAR OF FLATULENCE. But then it dawned on me: EVERYBODY FARTS. And that’s one of the reasons why I’ve decided to write a graphic novel about how our bodies work. It’s about all the stuff that goes on inside our bodies daily, or throughout our lives, and that this stuff – whether it’s digestion, or respiration, or defecation – is necessary for us to live. And it gives you excellent come-back material if anyone teases you for farting in school!
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