As adults, it feels like we are always looking for ways to get organized, focus on gratitude, and create more order in our busy lives. But how do we help translate those important skills to our kids? With a new school year in full swing and a busy 7-year-old daughter, this topic has certainly been on my mind.
In a typical week, my daughter’s schedule is packed with soccer practice and at least one game, nightly homework, and a handful of fun in-school and after-school activities. Given her age, she’s ready to start learning about responsibility and taking ownership over small tasks, like making sure her homework is done and her soccer uniform makes it to the laundry room. At the same time, I want to introduce these concepts in a way that’s kid-friendly and makes her excited about her new routines.
Enter the Klutz: Best. Year. Ever planner: This handy little book is a customizable yearly planner and gratitude journal that’s full of fun activities for kids. It comes with blank monthly and weekly calendar pages, journal and game pages, 270 stickers, a cute emoji pen, and over 100 sticky notes with prompts to get kids inspired, like “Today’s act of kindness: _____” and “Smiling because: ____.”
At 7, my daughter isn’t fully ready to run her own show, but the planner has inspired her to take small steps towards being organized and managing her own schedule. She jots down which days she visits the library at school so she can remember to return her books, and she writes down what times her soccer games are and birthday reminders for family and friends. She even asked for an alarm clock so she can start waking herself up for her scheduled games on Saturdays. The planner makes organization seem fun and positive, and she’s already asked me if she can get another one once she’s used this one up completely.