Trisha Ann - posted on 01/15/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )
we would appreciate any suggestions on our daughter who forgets things daily. She has the same chores every day,it hasn't changed in over a year, and since we listed her chores to her a year ago as a family unit, she hasn't gone a full week without "forgetting" some of them. When asked why, we get "I dunno". She's always apologetic, and seems sincere, but the next day forgets yet again. Even after making her a chart, reminding daily, punishments, and anything else we could think of, nothing changes. Her chores are emptying lunchbox,emptying dishwasher if it's clean, checking her cats food & water and if the litter box needs cleaning, keeping her room clean & wiping off the table only after dinner. It totals to about 40 minutes of chores, and even less if it's actually done everyday, leaving her about 4 hours of free time to watch tv, play games, draw (she loves art), or play online on school days, and obviously more on weekends. We point it out daily when she forgets, and again she's always sorry, but this pattern continues. Today we took away her phone and all other electronic devices because she "forgot" litterbox chore, even though we had another discussion on the subject last night. She's gone 5 days in a row with lunch in her lunchbox if we don't remind her, days without showering, wearing dirty clothes if not reminded about laundry, cat going to the bathroom on the floor from forgetting litterbox, days of dishwasher being clean, table dirty till next meal, or us cleaning it for her. Shes a great kid, sweet, kind, smart, talented, and honest for the most part, (small white lies) excluded. But we dont know what to do anymore, and hate that she keeps forgetting, then cries when we have to bring it to her attention.