Thursday, March 10, 2011

How To Stop Nagging The Children

I hate it when I have to tell my kids to do certain things over and over again. It gets my blood boiling and I don't like getting riled up like that. So, to avoid the unnecessary sore throat (from nagging and screaming), I started a to-do list for my kids.

I have a white board on my living room wall. So I divided it into 3 columns and wrote the names of each kid at the top of each column. Then I made a list of things for each of them. Throughout the day, we would tick each activity off when it was completed.

The kids really like having the to-do list. I guess it gives them a sense of direction and purpose. It is clear what is expected of them. It gives them a sense of accomplishment seeing all the tick marks next to the completed tasks. They like it so much, they now make their own to-do list. I don't make the list for them anymore.

Mamas Parenting Tip
  • Besides stopping you from being a nag, the to-do list is a good time management tool. Don't just expect your children to learn core curriculum like maths and science. To be successful, they need to learn living skills too. Learning how to manage time is a good skill to have.
  • Want to convey a message to your children? Sometimes, writing it down gets the message across better and clearer.
  • Getting the children to make a to-do list gives them a plan to follow. It gets them thinking about what they should be doing. It helps them to become productive. When children don't have a purpose, they usually end up doing stuff they shouldn't be doing, or wasting time.


  1. Great tip! Not just for kids but for adults as well! I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing how you bring up your kids in such a down to earth way. I'm now living in Perth but miss my home in Malaysia sometimes, so I always like to read posts by real life Malaysian mums to get a touch of home

  2. Another good tips sharing here. Will apply this at home. Thanks.

  3. Great Parent Tip. Thanks for sharing it. There are also special schools program that can help get your teen back on the right track, which specializes in helping troubled teens who struggle with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, defiance, drug abuse, failure in school, laziness, and poor family relationships.

  4. To do a list is a great time management tool for you to stop nagging.The good skill that your kids must going to have must be how to manage time.


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