4. Weekend Plans

How about giving your child a block of time to decide what the family does on the weekend? Let him know about the non-negotiables—visiting with his grandmother, grocery shopping, etc., so that he understands the boundaries. And then see how he proceeds.

Perhaps after time, with a little coaching he’ll ask to look at the weekend paper for ideas, or for you to call the local cultural center to see what’s happening. Not only does it help your child to plan out his time, it also shows him that there are things you can work towards: if you go to school all week, then on the weekend you can go bowling, for example. Teaching your child how to plan his time will help him in school and in the rest of his life!

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