Mommy Tips for Keeping Your Student On Track

The morning routine can be challenging for some children, and let’s face it — it can challenge us parents too!

I can picture myself shouting, “don’t forget your…!”

You get a call from your child at school, “mom/dad, can you bring me my…?!”

If you’re a parent you’ve been there, or will be!

Add working parents who are trying to get out of the house on time to make it to work, and it can be a morning filled with stress and chaos.

So we live in the world of technology. Almost all of our kids have smartphones. But are we using them to simplify our lives?

I want to share some things that I have implemented in my mommy world.

Using your cell phone camera:

When there is an important event at the school and your child loses the flyer or forgets to tell you until the day of, what do you do?

You have them get into a habit of sending you a picture of the school flyer.

When your child has a special event you want to make sure you get time off work for, ask them to send you a picture.

Morning Routine Visual Checklist:

What do you need in the morning in the order you do it for your morning routine?

Create checklist, place it inside a sheet protector, attached is a dry erase marker. Pin at on the wall or next to your mirror. Then check it off in the order the task is completed.

Setting alarms and reminders:

When my child has something due for a project, I ask them to send me a calendar invite. For example, you know you bus is arriving at 6:20 AM, so you set your alarm for 6:00 AM. This gives you enough time to see if you have everything on your checklist checked off and to grab any additional things you need.

Purchasing items for a project:

You need supplies for a particular project? Send a calendar invite with a list in the notes section and place on calendar with a date by which you need to purchase supplies.

I hope these mommy tips help your child create good habits so that they can plan and be prepared for their assignments.

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Lisette Medina Duarte

Lisette Medina Duarte

Co-Chair at State Council on Developmental Disabilities

Lisette Medina-Duarte She is a mother of two beautiful children, both of whom are are on the autism spectrum. Having one child in a charter school, and the other is in a traditional public school, Lizette is deeply committed to working with underserved and underprivileged communities. She is a grassroots organizer and finds passion in serving as an educational advocate for disability rights, and equality and inclusions for African American and Latino communities of Greater Los Angeles. In addition to managing multiple outreach, volunteer, and advocacy campaigns, Duarte’s 20 years of administrative experience includes fundraising, engagement, events, and sponsorship procurement. She is currently a member of the advisory board for UCLA’s Tarjan Center and a member of the Empowerment Congress. Duarte was appointed by former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina to the state Council on Developmental Disabilities. She is also a member of the Community Police Advisory Board for the Northeast Los Angeles Police Department, and serves as a board member for several California nonprofits.

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