Free Printable: How to Raise an Adult

Each week in 2018 I will post a free printable on my blog that you can print and use as many times as you want with your own family.

There are lots of things that your kids won’t learn in school that they need to know in order to survive on their own. If your kids are in high school, you may have a sudden moment of realization that there is limited time left to teach them things like how to sew on a button, how to find a good doctor, or how to call a cab.

You can print this convenient, 1-page chart for free to help keep track of which of these skills your kid has mastered. You can also use the links below to edit these lists to remove tasks that aren’t important to you, and add others that are.

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If there are things I’m missing, let me know in the comments below!  Other parents might like seeing your suggestions too.

 

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Free Printable: Chores for 6-9 Year Olds

Each week in 2018 I will post a free printable on my blog that you can print and use as many times as you want with your own family.

Chores are a great way to teach responsibility, as well as a ton of important life skills. Many parents aren’t sure what to expect of their kids, so here is a good list of chores that most 6-9 can try and learn.

These are useful general guidelines, but you can easily edit these to make them right for your family. Chores are a great way to teach important skills and responsibility.

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This list might not be quite right for your 6-9 year old. You can easily edit this list to make it just right for your family.  And remember that kids shouldn’t have these skilled mastered at age 6! Sometime between ages 6 and 9 you can introduce these chores, teach your kids how to do them, and give them chances to practice and eventually master them.

 

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Free Printable: Instead Of ‘How Was Your Day?’

Each week in 2018 I will post a free printable on my blog that you can print and use as many times as you want with your own family.

Sometimes trying to get information from your kids about how their school day was is like pulling teeth. If I ask “How was your day?” I am almost guaranteed to get the response: “Fine”. I learned early on to bypass that question, and jump straight to something from the list below. Often one of these more specific questions will get them thinking through their day and information will pop out whether they meant it to or not.

Sometimes trying to get information from your kids about how their school day was is like pulling teeth. If I ask "How was your day?" I am almost guaranteed to get the respond "Fine". I learned early on to bypass that question, and jump straight to something from the list below. Often one of these more specific questions will get them thinking through their day and information will pop out whether they meant it to or not.

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For my kids, the crazier the question the more likely I was to get an answer. They seemed to respond best to the “Did anyone cry today” or “Who got hurt today” questions. And recess seemed to loom large for both of them, so asking questions about that would often get them talking so I could learn a little more about who they were spending time with, what the dynamics were with the other kids, and what they were passionate about.

If you can keep these questions in your head and pull them out randomly at dinner, that’s great.  You might also think about taping them to the inside of a cabinet they don’t often open and referring to the list right before you sit down to dinner to pick one or two to throw out during the year.

If you try this, or if you have other good questions suggestions, let me know in the comments below!

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NEW Lunch Box Clipart!

With the new school year starting I’ve been getting a lot of requests to add clipart to the lunch box checklist.  It’s a great way to help your kids take more responsibility for packing their lunch AND keep it healthy. Here are all the new items I added.  Check out the complete list of available items here.

With the new school year starting I've been getting a lot of requests to add clipart to the lunch box checklist.  It's a great way to help your kids take more responsibility for packing their lunch AND keep it healthy. Here are all the new items I added.

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Free Printable: How To Clean a Bathroom

Each week in 2018 I will post a free printable on my blog that you can print and use as many times as you want with your own family.

I always try to remind myself whenever I ask the kids to take on house chores that there are TWO goals:

  1. To get the housework done without doing it all myself
  2. To teach them how to take care of a house

Often parents remember the first one, but are so frustrated by how much more effort it takes than to just do it themselves, they forget the second goal. No one is good at anything the first time they try it, so your kids need to practice cleaning just like they practice anything else.  The Trip Clip® Cleaning Checklists are a great guide to help kids remember all the steps, and also to help them know that there really is an end to this truly horrible task. My kids have sometimes complained that it feels endless to them because I keep “adding on more jobs”. If they can see the whole list of tasks right from the start then they can at least track how far through it they are, and trust that I’m not just going to add things to their list infinitely.

There are 2 goals when asking a kid to help clean. 1) Getting the room cleaned without doing it all yourself and 2) Teaching them how to do this task. These picture checklists are great as reminders for what needs doing, and also for helping your kids know there really is an end to this horrendous chore.

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This checklist helps make a task that seems overwhelming feel manageable by breaking it into smaller steps. It makes your expectations clear, helps your kids know how to start, and helps them know there really is an end in sight!

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Or, if you need to make some changes to make it work well for your family, you can easily edit this list to make it just right.

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Free Printables: School Schedule

Each week in 2018 I will post a free printable on my blog that you can print and use as many times as you want with your own family.

The School Schedule Activity can be useful in many scenarios.  Here are two FREE lists you can try for yourself.

The first is great for both home school families and for kids with special needs. A visual checklist is a great way to help keep everyone on track.

This list is great for both home school families and for kids with special needs. A visual checklist is a great way to help keep everyone track.

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The second list can help special needs kids remember what they need to do when they arrive at school each day. These kind of detailed picture checklists are a great way to help kids stay independent but still do all the things that are expected of them.

This list can help special needs kids remember what they need to do when they arrive at school each day. These kind of detailed picture checklists are a great way to help kids stay independent but still do all the things that are expected of them.

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New Morning Routine Clipart!

37 new images to help you make the perfect morning routine checklist. If you want to see the whole collection (there are almost 200 now!) take a look at the Morning Routine Checklist Activity.  I recommend using the search box to find just what you need. And if there’s something you need that’s not there, let me know! I update the clipart regularly to add images requested by my customers.

37 new images to help you make the perfect morning routine checklist. If you want to see the whole collection (there are almost 200 now!) take a look at the Morning Routine Checklist Activity.  I recommend using the search box to find just what you need. And if there's something you need that's not there, let me know! I update the clipart regularly to add images requested by my customers.

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