Word Of The Week-Challenges

This weeks word is challenges, not of the bad kind though it’s all good. I’m the sort of person who thrives on planning and routine. I love nothing more than sitting down with my many planners and notebooks for a good old planning session. This week Daisy asked me what I was writing which led to us having a conversation about challenges and goals.

I explained to Daisy all about the goals I set myself monthly, weekly and daily. I told her that by doing this I’m setting myself little challenges like the ones she has to do at school all week. She has been struggling to complete the required amount so I took the opportunity to teach her about it in a fun way.

I asked her if she would like me to set her some challenges and she could set me some too. She was very excited about this, me not so much as I did wonder what she would come up with for me.

I challenged her to get her uniform on totally by herself in the morning, stay in her own bed at night and complete one of her challenges at school per day. She has to complete between five and seven of her school challenges in order to get treat time on a Friday. I explained to her that if she could do at least one a day then that would be enough to not miss out. I think this made the whole process more understandable to her.

So far she’s got herself dressed every morning. She’s also done one challenge a day at school. We are still working on the staying in her own bed challenge.

Her challenge for me was a tough one. She said I had to leave Daddy to sit on the couch and not make him do anything around the house. I’m not sure who put that in her head but I’m unlikely to complete that challenge !

Of course completing challenges means rewards. I’m working on something fun to keep Daisy going with her challenges. It’s been a really good activity for us to do together.

You might enjoy my previous word of the week post, Halloween.

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  1. November 10th 2017 / 8:53 AM

    Glad that the chat about goals and challenges has helped Daisy with her school ones and with getting herself dressed. We’ve tried various incentives to encourage the kids to sleep in their own beds all night with little success so we just ride with it now! Daisy’s challenge to you made me laugh – I don’t think I could complete that one either and nor would I want to! #WotW

  2. November 10th 2017 / 11:06 AM

    What a great idea I really hope Daisy’s challenges go well. I’m not so sure of your challenge though. My kids often challenge Daddy to leave Mummy sitting on the sofa while he does the work, but it’s really hard to keep me down no matter how weak I’m feeling.

  3. November 10th 2017 / 12:07 PM

    Sounds like a really positive chat and it’s starting to work. I love the challenge that Daisy set you! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  4. November 10th 2017 / 1:02 PM

    Oh. That is such a good idea. What a great way to introduce her to being more organized. Her challenge for you made me smile. I wonder how she came up with that idea? I’m guessing “suggesting” is ok. #wotw

  5. November 11th 2017 / 5:33 AM

    Haha to your challenge. Glad progress has been made, it is a start and something that can be worked. Sometimes, all we need is that incentive, even us adults. Have a good weekend X #wotw

  6. November 14th 2017 / 9:05 PM

    I can certainly imagine that someone close to both you has put your challenge in their head. #WotW

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