Here’s what I began to do as I worked at home in the mornings. I ALWAYS gave the kids permission to interrupt me (anytime they wanted, unless I was on the phone). At that point, I’d either stop to come see / help, or I would cut a deal to finish what I was working on and come in a few minutes. The principle: Let’s talk, let’s be polite, but let’s learn to respect each other and wait too.
Now obviously the kids need to know what they are to be doing throughout the segments of the day. And yet, even better for them to start taking responsibility. I’m fond of schedules, but I am also fond of freedom.
PLEASE SCHEDULE, but PLEASE be flexible while teaching responsibility, mutual respect, etc. Remember, a schedule is something you work toward, not something that starts right!
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