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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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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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.”

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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! 🙂

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