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Enter to Win Nanny’s Circle from Play Attention

Enter to win a year-long subscription to Nanny’s Circle, the premier family management app, in ADDitude’s back-to-school sweepstakes.

Success @ School Tip

All students (but especially those with ADHD) need structure and routine. They need morning checklists, and homework timers, and the same bedtime every single night. They also need repetition — at least two months of consistent practice — before any new schedule really sinks in. Though the rewards (on-time arrivals, completed assignments, smiles) are worth it, starting a new routine is exhausting.

Meet Nanny’s Circle

The App to Help with Chores, Behavior, Schedules & More
Nanny’s Circle is the premier family management app for families with ADHD children. Here you can manage your entire family while specifically addressing the needs of your ADHD child. Nanny’s Circle provides the tools you need to establish structure and consistency in a fun, nurturing format. Learn more here.

Nanny’s Circle is a new product from Play Attention — the #1 neurocognitive system for ADHD brains. It combines advanced neurofeedback and cognitive training to effectively improve attention, behavior, and learning skills in children and adults with ADHD. Available for home and professional use. Learn more here or sign up to attend Play Attention’s free webinar here.

Enter to Win a Year of Nanny’s Circle

To win a Nanny’s Circle app subscription for one year (a $71.40 – $95.40 value), use the Comments section below to tell us how you motivate your child or yourself to complete chores and/or stick to a reliable routine.

Deadline

Sunday, September 17, at 11:59 pm EST.

Rules

Only Comments posted with a valid email address will be considered valid entries. One entry per household per day. The editors of ADDitude will select one winner at random and notify the winner via email on Monday, September 18.
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Updated on March 2, 2018

39 Comments & Reviews

  1. To keep myself motivated to stick to a routine I bought a dry erase calendar from target, I have never been good at keeping schedules/planners, but for some reason I love using my dry erase calendar. I have always loved using dry erase boards so that might be a reason why I like using it so much. I write all my activities for each day on the calendar and I look at each day before the next so I don’t forget to do something. I also set reminders on my phone and keep a checklist of things I need to do for the month in my notes, on my phone.

  2. This is amazing! I am chronically late to everything and always unintentionally waiting to the last minute, then scrambling to get things done. I got custody of my cousin’s two children in November and this has only added to more running, chaos, distractions, and forgetfulness. Juggling a full time job, grad school, single mom of two kids with a trauma and neglect background, while still trying to have a social life is tough! But add ADHD into the mix and you can imagine the whirlwind that is my life right now.

    1. You’ve got your hands full and are doing so much good providing a loving home for those kids, being late isn’t so bad 🙂 I have all my clocks set 5-10 minutes fast, try to prepare everything the night before to avoid morning chaos, and we’re still chronically late. Our dentist has an internal note to tell us an appointment is 15-30 minutes before it actually is, so that we arrive early or on time.

  3. Our son had a special notebook at school where he would get smiley faces throughout the day. And if he got all smiles he would earn a prize. We are going to start a system at home where he will earn “dollars”and get to cash then in at then end of the week and pick a prize, like picking a movie or going to Dollar tree (he loves dollar tree!). Hopefully this system will help!

  4. What a great idea! We have an 8 year old daughter with ADHD, anxiety and an LD. Getting her to follow routines was always a challenge as transitions are a struggle for her. We have tried visuals, cues, timers and many other things. Now we have a combination of a visual timer- counts backwards and a cookie sheet with a TO DO section and an I’m DONE! section with pictures of her chores and responsibilities on the TO DO side. She moves them over as she is finished and it seems to have given her the motivation to complete them as each task has a financial reward. Money is her currency right now so the green coloured pictures are worth 50 cents, orange are 75, yellow 1.00 and the blue ones are worth 2.00. It has encouraged her to learn to both work for her toys and treasures she wants but also take some responsibility for saving a bit too…. we are working on this one! Love reading all these comments!

  5. I have just been diagnosed with ADHD-PI and I’ve been looking to get myself more organised.

    I try to put all my appointments in my phone’s calendar and set reminders.

    Of course, I’ve forgotten to do that for everything and had to cancel and reschedule appointments.

    I have real problems motivating myself and I’m working with a therapist to improve executive function.

    I have real trouble visualising goals, chunking down tasks and working on them.

    Serendipity has been the hallmark of my life so far. 🙁

  6. Both my husband and I have ADD (him hyperactivity, me inattentive) and a 3.5 year old that we are in the process of getting evaluated. We live by lists. Paper everywhere to keep track of all our scattered thoughts, items to do, and habits we want to form/break. Our 3.5 year old desperately needs a routine and schedule. But I spend so much time already trying to manually write and organize my life and my husband’s, that I never have time to create the same for her let alone establish any routine. Having an app that knows how we all think, and can short cut some of the manual time I spend trying to meld our non-linear brains with a linear life would be amazing and reduce a ton of stress!

  7. My 6 year old son and I both have adhd. Checklists are necessary for our home to run smoothly. I bought a pack of clear plastic paper sheets and we use though as dry erase lists for just about everything. Visual schedules are key for my son also. I’ve created a velcro schedule board for my son and as he completes a task, he moves it off the board. We use it for before school, after school, and bed time routines. I also use visual reminders for my son. I have a big stop sign in his bathroom with pictures to remind him to flush, wash hands, and turn sink off. I’m a stay at home mom, so I’m not only managing my own schedule, I’m managing my husband’s and both our boys. An app that could help make life just a bit simpler is a dream!

  8. My son is in 5th grade, was recently diagnosed AND we are struggling. Homework is especially challenging and ADDitude articles and webinars have been such amazing resources for me. I have learned to try and bite off bits of his assignments, know when to take a break and use incentives like extra TV time etc. Tonight’s incentive during homework was for each answer he completed, I scratched his back. Tomorrow I will need to think of another motivation….TGIF – it can wait till Monday for new Homework motivation tools. I have also leveraged our schools planner to ensure important information, tests and homework are documented in the planner so we know each day what needs to be done.

  9. I live by my to do lists and planner. Everything on my to do list is broken down into very small steps. I may have 25-30 things on my list. My goal is to complete at least half of my list by the end of the day. I star the most important things. I can only focus for about 15-20 minutes at a time, then I reward myself with Suduko, sewing, or puzzles of some sort.

  10. My son is motivated by any kind of technology, so we have a rule that once he completes 2 chores he can do 30 minutes of a video game, iPad time, etc. If he is interested in using technology he gets his chores done with no problem 😀

  11. Thanks everyone for sharing. As a teacher of gifted ADHD students, I use different techniques to eliminate the hyperactivity. I bought cushions for student chairs, put Velcro along the bottom of the desk or table to rub, and bought “squishies” (can order online or buy at Dollar Tree) they could retrieve and squeeze. There are rules for squishies – must remain in hands or on desk/table, no pencils close to the squishies, no showing squishies to other students. For my daughter, to help her complete tasks, I had to frequently change her rewards. I would also give her an option of two or three rewards (things I was willing to allow) so choosing the reward helped motivate her. I am not a big proponent of rewards for grades – don’t want to encourage cheating in order to earn a reward, but used it for completion of homework, cleaning room, etc. Also, I would race her to do certain things such as pick up clothes on the floor – I gave myself a similar task (fold laundry) and we raced to see who could finish first. As for myself (inattentive ADHD), I didn’t know I had it until I attended a gifted workshop on ADHD. My daughter was enrolled in an after school program for ADHD and other challenges, and the director told me that if I didn’t go to the doctor and get on medication, I wouldn’t be able to help her. I did – best thing ever for me! I have sticky notes on my bathroom mirror, sticky notes on my computer screen, and use my phone to notify me of appointments or when to pick up my students. I also keep an extra ADHD patch in my purse just in case I forgot to put it on. I now lead workshops on Gifted and ADHD, to help other educators know how best to serve and help those twice exceptional gifted students.

  12. Magnetic charts have been a lifesaver for my ADHD son! Completed a task? Move the magnet. Once all are done, move them all back to the not yet completed column for the next day. One chart for daily, one chart for weekly and “as needed” chores 🙂 I know one family who has en entire WALL in their walk in pantry they painted and magnets stick! Each of their children has their own section of charts, as do the parents. Pretty nifty!

    I use a dry erase task board for myself.

  13. With the school year just starting, I decided over the summer (OK, the last weekend of summer before school started) that I really needed a dedicated “command center” to organize the kids’ backpacks, shoes, any papers or assignments needing follow-up, and a calendar/message board so everyone could stop asking mom what was happening this week–now I can just point to the large chalk board calendar! As a family with ADHD, it is so easy to create piles of paperwork in every room of the house, not keep track of homework projects, and run around like crazy people in the mornings trying to remember where someone kicked off their shoes and dumped their binder the night before. So far (fingers crossed), backpacks, shoes, and important reminders are staying organized right when we enter the house from the garage in the mudroom “command center!”

  14. I use pictures and written cue to keep her on schedule. I have now implemented a timer that tells her when to stop doing something and switch to something else.

  15. I’ve just held a family meeting where we jointly decided on what are weekly and daily household tasks. All of us then took turns choosing, and realistically discussed who got what task. We’ve all agreed our share of household chores and written lists for each family member. I’m hoping that each only having a few things that THEY are responsible for daily and weekly, that we can embed the habit. It is novel now, so everyone is on board. Time will tell if we can maintain it. The Nanny app looks like it would support this well, with reminders and prompts. We’ve tries cozi and sticker charts, reward systems, the lot. Nothing works for long. I hope this will!

  16. An easier question is how wouldn’t this help me? As a homeschool mom with ADD who has an ADHD child and has tried all things schedules, this looks brilliant. My daughter would love the interactive nature and I love that it would help keep us both on track with our school day. I say this as my daughter is banging on a can as a drum and loudly singing… typical evening.

  17. I have tried magnetic chore boards, planners, & glass messages board, this looks like something the kids (yes, both kids, husband and I have ADD or ADHD). Just hope like many others to win

  18. HELP!! What haven’t I tried, calk boards in rhe kitchen, bedroom, corkboards with pin up schedules and a giant wipeable white calendar in the hallway outside my son’s bedroom.
    I think with this day of electronics use by kids an app like this is so much more accessible for them. This might be the answer my son really needs

  19. Ayden is a little older kid with ADHD. I know this may not be right; it may be considered bribery, but good old money works! He gets a weekly allowance. We keep track of how he does with his chores, his homework and his “attitude” during the week. If he does a good job, he gets his whole allowance. If there are too many variances from the “plan” there is a small deduction. However, the deduction is big enough that he does notice. He does have a chance to make up the lost deduction the next week if he so chooses so he can receive his whole allowance owed to him by doing extra chores. The second thing we use is screen time. He has to use his computer for homework but he loves gaming and looking up all sorts of nature sites. With the help of his schedule, getting his homework and his chores done, insures him more screen time that evening. He is realizes this and wants this. It is a good motivator to get what he wants. Sometimes, it doesn’t work. The ADHD takes over and the time gets away from him. However, he is realizing that the things he needs to do and the things he wants to do are two different things that are still tied together. He is trying really, really hard to get that figured out. As long as he really tries, that is good enough to make us happy. Thanks.

  20. We use our therapies and medications as benchmarks for staying in the routine. For instance, as soon as we administer morning medications, the dog gets fed, the coffee is made, and breakfast is eaten. Next, the parents get started on preparing for work and the children know they have about thirty minutes before they must begin readying for school. They enjoy this morning break when they get to choose what they want to do before they are forced into their day.

  21. My boys are very big on super heroes (like their momma), so I made “Bat-notes” to post reminders around the house. I created a graphic with Batman and the Bat-signal, and inside the bat-signal, I write the reminder. After all, Batman needs reminders, too!

  22. We and our teenage daughter have ‘assembled” a strong professional cadre to support her and they keep in regular contact: a psychiatrist, a psychotherapist and a dietician all specializing in working with teens who struggle with ADHD and eating disorders. We work to maintain open, non-judgemental communication with our daughter, but let her initiate conversations: when we push or pull, we generally get pushback. Nevertheless, we consistently show our affection for her, and let her know how competent she is and how much we trust her.
    — Brett
    brgprivate@gmail.com

  23. I admit we struggle with this, as both our mornings and evenings seem rushed and disjointed. On a good day, we use a timer and break up tasks into small chunks, usually 5-15 min. long (depending on how “unpreferred” the task is). We also use the “do ______________ first, then you can do ___________ or ___________ of your choice.”

  24. Every morning starts by waking him up, giving his medication and letting him “chill” in the shower. Then it’s a struggle to do sometimes even the mundane things. It all depends on sleep and mood. We’ve used all different types of methods and nothing seems to consistently work. Grandma’s Law — “When you do this_____ then you can have this ____.” Sometimes it works like a charm and others it fails miserably. The timer sometimes works to keep him on task and others it only is a signal of how far behind we are and drives me crazy! So, we need your help!

  25. We created a playlist on his iPad for getting ready for school in the morning. One song is for wake up, one song get up, one for get dressed, etc. We’ve adjusted tempo and length in choosing songs, and he’s gotten used to getting himself all ready for school without getting off task!

  26. Our home is decked out with reminders taped to every surface, laminated check lists, doorhangers with clothes pins that can be moved from “TO DO” to “DONE”, marble jars, graphic magnet chore chore charts, family organization binders, paper pockets with strips of colorful cardstock to “choose your own chore”, bulletin boards, dry erase surfaces,reward charts, colorful dry erase lists on bathroom mirrors, “launch pads” and a “time timer!” The problem is none of these genius tools work if the child refuses/Can’t remember/doesn’t want to use them! We have had the most success (still not consistently) with an online job chart where chores are worth $ and tangible rewards can be chosen and earned by the child. The lists are customizable and everything is linked. As the “Mayor of Crazytown” I am running low on creative juices and energy for reminding children to use the reminders that remind them to do their chores!

  27. Every day is a drama for my son. He gets misunderstood and he misunderstands. His behaviour makes it difficult to form friendships with children and adults alike. He feels persecuted as if the whole world is against him and he gets bullied. He is still being assessed so no help or stragedies in place yet.

  28. Our routines are a mess. I have ADHD, my 13 yr old has is ready bad and my 17 yr old has ADD with learning disabilities.

    We are in the midst of a nasty divorce after 27 years.

    Seemsike this app would help us get on track w less pushback bc dad has no rules and very little accountability.

  29. I use a daily calendar with breakdowns by the hour to try to keep myself on schedule and plan out days. I homeschool which works better for both of my boys, but, can make sticking to a schedule harder than if they were in public school with structured times for every thing. I try to stick to a routine for myself with alarms and reminders on my phone for waking up, getting ready for bed, remembering the kids’ practices and appointments, but, honestly we could use a better system!

  30. This is so hard to come up with what motivates my child to do their chores. My family needs many reminders everyday to do what they need to do around the home. I believe the biggest motivator is to take away what they want to do most, and remind them that in order to get this you need to do that. I guess this than that philosophy. When they really want something than that concept will motivate to get what they want, but this does not always work, but it does get the message across that things are not always given whenever you want something. Many people including my family need to get over the idea that they are always supposed to be pampered by others, or what I say goes.

  31. I have used visual charts in the past, since two of my children are still pre-readers, pictures work very well. I do struggle with staying consistent. I feel like the only one making and enforcing. (My husband also has ADD and works nights anyway, so we have a pretty small window when we are all together)
    It was interested that it takes two months of a consistent schedule. I would be interested in trying an app where I can manage everyone! 🙂

  32. Screen time is a big motivator. He can earn one minute of screen time for every minute of desired activities such as practicing piano, keyboarding skills (typing), math and others.

  33. Both my children and I have a “Rewards Chart”. They are divided in categories for things we struggle most with.

    For hers:
    – Homework (Math Facts, Reading, Fluency…)
    – Faithwork (Make someone’s day, hug your sister, give a toy/book away…)
    – Chores (Sweep/wipe the table, empty trash, tidy room…)
    – Exercise (Go for a run/walk, Dance, 20 jumping jacks…)
    Plus others.

    For Me:
    – Exercise
    – Chores
    – Keep Cool 😊.

    There are different incentives and rewards to earn with a bonus category being “Trying new foods and eating those I hate”. She can earn:
    – tickets (to exchange for novelty items, pencils etc)
    – money (you’d be surprised at the power of $0.25!)
    – stars (usually need 25-30 of them to get to go somewhere fun like a bounce house, Chuck E Cheese, sorbet shop..)
    And all that is sprinkled with loads of verbal positive reinforcements, hugs, hug fives and kisses!

    My rewards:
    – Treating myself to Thai food or Chinese buffet
    – That I get to go to the coffee shop by myself once in a while.
    I must say also that seeing once difficult tasks become easier and more automatic for my daughter, is a pretty good reward too! 💓

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