As parents we often spend a lot of time repeating ourselves and giving the same instructions over and over again. At its best this is just tedious, but a daily cycle of 'nagging' reminders can also be detrimental to your relationship with your child and contribute to developing low self-esteem. Use of visual resources provides a more neutral reminder of things to be remembered. You may still need to give verbal reminders, particularly at first, but instead of repeating the instructions, direct them to the checklist or timetable. Use questions like: 'How are you doing on the checklist?' 'Where are you on your timetable?' Give ample praise and encouragement and relate this to the checklist or timetable. 'Well done, I can see your nearly there on your checklist.' 'Great work, looking at your timetable you're on target!'