Kids can be forgetful. I get it. There’s a lot going on around them all the time. They’re trying to soak it all in while their little brains are overflowing with all the things they’re learning each day. Sometimes, things get a little lost in the mix.
I also think there’s a bit of selective memory going on. Take my eldest mister for example. He can recall the drink he had on a particular day while on a family holiday three and half years ago. He can recall dinosaur names, song titles and things I have apparently promised weeks ago. But do you think he can remember the little everyday things?
Each day after school, we have the same arguments. Where is your water bottle? I forgot it. Where is your hat? I forgot it. Where is your jumper? I forgot that too.
It’s not just that it’s slightly frustrating. He’s starting to get into trouble at school when he forgets his hat or his homework folder.
On the occasional miraculous day he remembers to bring one or more of these items home, I praise him and ask what made him remember. The usual answer is “I don’t know, I just did”.
Is it a major thing? No it isn’t, but it’s also about teaching him to be responsible for his belongings. I can remind him a bajillion times but he also has to learn for himself.
I’ve tried many things. There’s the usual asking him to pleeeaaassseeee remember to bring the things home. We also have a little whiteboard above where his school bag is stored and on it is each day of the week with a reminder of what is needed to be taken each day. He is getting into the habit of checking the board when he gets he’s getting his bag out for the day but this only helps him remember to take the things, not bring them back.
I thought of making little tags to hang from his bag with pictures of water bottles to see if that worked but I thought it may embarrass him in front of his friends. So other than nagging, yelling, politely reminding, rewards, bribery, consequences, supergluing the items to his body, sneaking an alarm into his bag with my recorded voice screeching “remember your bloody water bottle/hat/jumper” or writing reminders on his face with permanent marker – how else can I remind him about these simple everyday things?
What are your magical memory tips?