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Motivational Games and Ideas
Renewing Your Love
Okay, so it has been a harrowing day. Your child
had a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store with half the town watching
you, your house is a wreck, you feel like nothing was accomplished except for
yelling, talking and otherwise trying to make your child understand why you just
need a few minutes.
So now this little child is asleep. This tip
is for you. Quietly enter their room and sit for a few minutes. Watch your child
sleep, stroke their hair, renew your love. Take a few moments to remember
the angel they can be, the angel they are at this very moment.
The next morning when you wake, it will not be the
experiences of the day before that jump before you, but the angel lying sleeping
in the bed. Renewing your love each night just might give you the strength
to make it through one more day. Tell your child you love them, no matter what!!
Pick a Goal
different goals on slips of paper. Goals like, (Getting ready for school,
handing in your home work, doing chores without being reminded etc.) Put them in
a hat and have your child pick one each day. If he or she achieves the goal for
that day, they win a prize. Cash works very well for this tip
The Puzzle Game
Use an age
appropriate picture: clowns, animals, race cars, etc. and cut into pieces, as if
making a puzzle. The younger the chld, the less pieces. Each day that
their bed is made before school, they get to put up a piece of the puzzle. When
the puzzle is completed, there is a reward.
This is a good game
to play with the whole family, and when all the puzzles are completed, take them
to their favorite restaurant for dinner.
Using The Computer
I reward my son
with extra computer time when he gets his clothes laid out for school the night
before and has his backpack all together, zipped up & by the front door.
This is important as I work late at night and our mornings here
are hectic for him
and I. It helps us both if he has his stuff ready the night before...one less
thing for him (and me!) to have to worry about in the AM... Kim
Up The String We Go
Spring Time, the weather is nice, the days are
longer and children want to be outside. Homework, many times a struggle for
children with ADD/ADHD becomes that much more difficult. With windows
open, the sounds of outside can be distracting, especially if other children are
Use a string and tie knots in it at regular
intervals. Cut out a figure that your child can relate to, it could be a
picture of an action hero, a ballet dancer, or a teddy bear. Glue the picture
onto a piece of cardboard and cut it out to the shape of the picture. Poke
two holes at the top and insert a twist tie.
Use the string and attach to the wall from the
floor to the ceiling (or as high as you comfortably reach). Attach your
figure to the string at the bottom knot.
For each 5 minutes that your child stays focused on the homework, move the figure to the next knot. Use a kitchen timer to keep track, and quietly move the figure. Do not disturb your child but let them see you and see that you have noticed how well they are staying focused.