Carter has been having a really hard time at school.  Not with the actual work.  Not with socializing with other kids.  Not with any of the learning components of education.  But he is having a hard, hard time learning to focus.

My boy’s got energy.  And he likes to talk.  And he doesn’t like to sit still.
(Hmmm…that sounds kind of familiar.)

Anyway, in efforts to try and help him learn to focus on his work, we’ve tried several different things:

We made up a cheer that we’d say as he got out of the car before school.
We talked about focus from sun-up ’til school each morning.
And that was mildly successful.

But I think, I think we may have finally found something that is going to work.

I bought some print-your-own-tattoo paper and made a “Focus Button” tattoo.

His teacher said he got all his work done quickly and didn’t talk during work time!
He told me “I only had to press my focus button TWO TIMES!!”

Here’s hoping Day Two of Project Focus Button works!

What do you do to help your child pay attention?

10 Responses to Focus
  1. AmazingGreis
    September 2, 2010 | 7:34 am

    What a cute idea. Hope he has found his focus! Hope you’re doing good!

  2. Chibi Jeebs
    September 2, 2010 | 9:31 am

    Dude, that’s brilliant! Now, how much to buy a sheet from you? 😉

  3. Brynn
    September 2, 2010 | 9:48 am

    Oh my goodness. That is awesome and genius. You should market it. 🙂

  4. domestic extraordinaire
    September 2, 2010 | 10:56 am

    Love this. And he is SO full of energy. I still remember walking through Publix this summer with him when he was bouncing and jumping and excitedly telling me that you all were going to D.C. “But no just any D.C. Miss Heather, The WASH-ing-TON kind…isn’t that grrrreat?!!”

    It seriously makes me giggle.

  5. designHer Momma
    September 2, 2010 | 11:25 am

    Brilliant, Brilliant idea! Love it.

  6. moosh in indy.
    September 2, 2010 | 11:31 am

    Brilliant, aside from the fact if Cody ever saw this he’d want to make a “multiply and replenish the earth” button for me. I’d never get anything done.

  7. Liz Sanders
    September 2, 2010 | 11:58 am

    I NEED one of these for my Wyatt. We are trying EVERYTHING for him and I wonder if this would help. Would you tell em how you made it and where you got the paper?

  8. Rachel ~ Southern Fairytale
    September 2, 2010 | 2:46 pm

    I LOVE IT!! I have such smart friends! 😉

  9. Becky
    September 2, 2010 | 8:13 pm

    Taking away the DS & Wii for 2 weeks definitely didn’t help. He didn’t even miss them after the first day. We may need to try the focus button. What a wonderful idea Bridget! Then again, Drew has a new girlfriend so maybe he’ll want to impress her by paying attention, listening attentively, finishing his work in a timely manner, etc. etc. (seriously…that was pretty damn funny, wasn’t it?)

  10. punkinmama
    September 11, 2010 | 7:36 pm

    Awesome idea! Hope it’s still working!

    Now, time for me to go get some tattoo paper…