Behavior Early School Radio Shows — 13 February 2013
Coping with Children’s Forgetfulness

Is your child always forgetting something?

Forgetfulness

What parent hasn’t been frustrated with their child losing a perfectly good jacket, or sweater?  Forgetfulness is pretty common with kids.   Question is, how can we help our child be a little less forgetful? Myrna Shure, author of Thinking Parent, Thinking Child says the first step is in understanding that often our children forget simply because they have a little too much on their plate. “Sometimes children forget their responsibilities of bringing books home or doing their chores, or whatever, because they’re overwhelmed and they’re thinking of too many things at one time. Instead of telling the child what he can do to remember, ask the child ‘what’s your idea on what you can do to remember to bring your book home?’ One child said ‘I can write myself a note and put it on my locker’. Now if the parent had said ‘why don’t you write yourself a note and put it on your locker’, would it have had the same impact? Probably not.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is  Myrna Shure, author of Thinking Parent, Thinking Child. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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