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New Parenting Tool for Pre-Teens Instills Responsibility; Helps Eliminate Lecturing and Yelling
A new parenting tool teaches pre-teen children organization skills, accountability and self-reliance
The new On Track! Responsibility and Behavior System for pre-teens ages 8-years-old and up incorporates household chores, daily to-do lists, family rules and money management into skills they need to become responsible adults. A pocketed caddy makes it convenient to display on walls, doors or other common areas. It includes an instructional guide and worksheets to help families work together.
“As parents, our goal is to raise kids to be responsible, caring adults by teaching them to be accountable for their own actions,” says Jennifer Edmundson, a mother of three who founded Kenson Kids in 2006 with her friend and neighbor Jennifer Kent. “The On Track! Responsibility and Behavior System helps eliminate the biggest parental mistakes — giving too many warnings, getting too emotional and over explaining,”
Pam Franklin uses On Track with her three pre-teen children and says it takes stress off of her by visually outlining what they should be doing each week to get their allowance. “Now they know exactly what is expected of them and what the deadline is for each task. Since we keep the system on our door, they’re reminded of their duties every time they enter or exit our home,” Franklin explains.
It also teaches them to work for privileges. “My son loves to go skating and shopping at the mall with his friends. With On Track he knows exactly what needs to be completed to earn money for the things he enjoys, so he gets his jobs done without me nagging. He is learning great life lessons in being accountable for a job and money management, which will help him become a responsible adult,” Franklin adds.
On Track is a good resource for families with multiple children like Kate Fitzgerald's. “I’m always trying to figure out how to keep my four children on task,” Fitzgerald says. “Some of them are very organized, others are not. On Track works for all of them. They each have a checklist of their daily to-dos with a place to record whether or not things are correctly completed each day. This is teaching them valuable organization and time-management skills,” she adds.
“My kids now handle many of the things I used to have to do to keep our household running smoothly. They know that the entire family is counting on them to take care of their everyday jobs. Doing their part has helped build their confidence and brought us closer as a family because we know we can depend upon one another,” Fitzgerald explains.
Kenson Kids mom entrepreneurs Jennifer Kent and Jennifer Edmundson developed On Track as a way to manage their families’ schedules, while teaching their middle school children to be accountable for their own responsibilities. It’s an extension of the other parenting solution products they’ve developed since 2006, including reward charts, a preschool chart and potty training system.
The I Can Do It Reward Chart was Kenson Kids’ first product and continues to be a top-seller winning the Creative Child Magazine Top Choice Award, National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Mom's Best Award and recommended on the Super Nanny website.
On Track! Behavior and Responsibility System is available online at http://www.KensonKids.com and at select specialty toy stores, along with the company’s other products that provide parents, teachers and caregivers innovative and practical solutions to assist in the development and wellbeing of children.