Challenge: As children age, they want to have more say in how they spend their time. Sometimes they don’t know how to express what is important to them or they can’t prioritize their time.
Solution: Parents can easily include their children in decision-making by using an Agile playing card method. Here’s how it works.
TO PLAY THE GAME –
You will need:
A pack of playing cards
A stack of post-it notes
Enough pens for everyone playing
Steps to play:
- Distribute post its & pens to each player
- Set a timer for 2 minutes
- Each person writes things they want to do for the pre-determined time (on a weekend, throughout a week, or in an evening)
- There is no limit to how much you can write.
- Decide who goes first.
- Take turns placing one post it on the table
- Each person decides the value of that activity (0-8)
- When everyone has decided play the cards
- Notice what everyone chose.
- If someone played a 1 or 0 it’s nice to listen to why they rated it so low
- Place the sum of the two numbers on the corner of the post it.
- Continue this going back & forth putting the activities in a sequence with the higher numbers at the top
- When all the post it activities have been gone through, then look at the top 5 or 6 items. These will likely be the ones you will have time for.
- Discuss if there are any over-laps and shift the list accordingly.
- Discuss what makes the most sense and what both would like to do. The chances are good that all of these items are ones that both/all people rated high, that’s what put them on the top of the list.
- It should be relatively easy to find a way to do the top 3-5 activities with little effort.
PLAN for the day and ENJOY!!!