Have you ever struggled to get your kids to make their beds? Around here it is torture to hear the question, “Did you make your bed?” This sounds like such a simple task, but one of the hardest things for our kids to do. So is there anything that you can do about it?
One thing that we did was try and make it a habit. Each day they are asked to make their bed, pick up their room, get dressed, and do their hair. They are supposed to let me know they are done with these tasks in the morning by checking back with me. In my ideal world, I would have time to immediately go and check on everything they just let me know they did, but ideal isn’t happening at my house most of the time. So another thing that we started doing to help them have more incentive to do things like make their beds in the morning was THE BED FAIRY.
The bed fairy comes and checks on the beds sometime throughout the day and those who made their bed earn a little reward for getting it done. These rewards can be anything that you want. We have used little dollar store candies, IOU’s to do an activity with us, and time playing video games during the day. This is definitely up to you, and it will help the youth in your home if you are using things that they are motivated by. If Lisa doesn’t like candy, she isn’t going to make her bed every day to earn it.
When we started the bed fairy, she (ours was a girl) was very consistent and would come every day so the kids would get in the habit of making their beds. But we wanted this to become somewhat sporadic. So after they start figuring out that they are getting rewards each day the bed fairy starts to come only a few times during the week, but this isn’t scheduled, so no one actually knows when it is happening. This way they are motivated to make their beds because they just might get an extra reward for the day.
I just saw a cool video on the importance of making beds by Admiral McCraven of the Navy Seals. If we can do one task first thing in the morning, it will be easier to accomplish the next tasks of the day. Hope you enjoy!
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Until next time!