Parents: Curb carelessness now before it leads to irresponsibility later

Your child left his backpack on the bus—again. Or he forgot to turn in his homework—again. Chances are, he’s been stricken with a common childhood malady: carelessness. It’s important to help him overcome careless habits now before they turn into irresponsible behavior as he gets older. Here are some tips:

• Make it easier for him to remember. Is his book report due on the 12th? Have him mark it on the calendar in red.

• Develop “anti-forgetfulness” routines. His nightly routine might include checking the calendar after dinner and making a checklist for the next day.

• Don’t bail him out. If he gets a zero on an assignment because he left it at home, it may remind him to read his checklist.

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