If you've spent any time with teens, you know that they tend to be forgetful. It's not that they don't try, of course, but somehow remembering to change the toilet paper roll or empty the dishwasher escapes their brains. With heavy homework loads and demanding after-school schedules, teens, just like adults, can have a hard time remembering the small details that will make their lives easier.
Take passwords and locker combinations. Teens often have different internet login passwords for home, school and other places where they use their electronics. Their locker combinations change from year to year and, once teens are mature enough to come home on their own after school, many kids will need to remember passcodes for garages and lock boxes to gain entry to their homes.
I don't know about you but I can barely remember my email password from day to day. So when my kids hit the halls of middle school, we devised this easy hack to help them remember their school combinations and passwords.
To start, I bought a bag of inexpensive rubber bracelets from a discount store. (You can also order them in bulk online from a variety of websites, like this one.) Then, with a permanent marker, I wrote my daughter's locker combination on the inside of the bracelet.
She wore the bracelet to school on the first day and any worries that she'd forget her combination were instantly erased. And, because the bracelet was safely on her arm, she didn't worry that she'd lose a handwritten copy in her backpack during the school day.
The beauty of this hack is not only that it's so simple but it's also useful for a number of situations.
If your child can't remember a complicated school internet password, writing the letters and numbers on the inside of a plastic bracelet is a discreet way for your child not to panic when they're trying to log on to find their homework assignment.
You can even use this trick to remind your teen of an important activity after school, like the specific time you will be picking them up for an appointment or to remind them to bring a certain book home from school.
Once they've mastered the password or combination, they can simply toss the bracelet in the garbage.