When I think of a whiteboard, I usually think of a classroom. Or an office.

Which is why, when my kids first said they wanted whiteboards in their rooms, I wasn’t thrilled.

I have to admit, I’m big on things matching, and I liked the cloth bulletin boards filled with cute pictures they already had above their beds (the only place on their walls a big whiteboard would fit).

I didn’t think whiteboards would quite “go with the décor”.

But, remembering how much fun I had drawing and coloring on them growing up, I got over it and bought them for my kids.

It was one of the best things I ever did.

Because, over the last year, I’ve seen what an awesome parenting tool these things can be…

1. Whiteboards encourage teamwork and interaction.

kids whiteboard drawing
kids whiteboard

To see my kids sitting together, drawing pictures like these and playing games is awesome. And it sure beats TV.

2. Whiteboards help communication.

Some things are hard to say, but not as hard to write. There have been times that our kids have wanted to tell us something, but instead of saying it–maybe because it’s embarrassing or uncomfortable–they’ve asked if they can write it. How awesome that they have this alternative right next to their bed, which is where most of these conversations take place.

And my daughter, who tends to get stubborn (can’t imagine where she gets that from), and who has a hard time saying sorry (can’t imagine where she gets that from either), has used the whiteboard for this very reason. If ever we have a rough night, when I go to her room to check on her later, I often find her sound asleep with a note like this written on her board:

kids note on whiteboard

I’m glad she can get that off her chest before going to sleep. And I’m especially glad she’s nice to me 99.7% of the day. :)

3. Whiteboards are awesome for teaching.

My husband uses the whiteboard to show the kids soccer plays and math problems, and I use it to practice things like spelling. When we’re sitting on the bed with the kids, relaxed and talking, teaching somehow becomes an easy thing.

4. Whiteboards can provide a window into kids’ hearts.

kids whiteboard great God drawing

How neat to go into my kids’ rooms and find pictures and sayings like this, or little prayers and songs that they’ve written.

5. Whiteboards help parents communicate, too.

Every night, I write a new note to my kids on their boards.

Sometimes, it’s as simple as “I love you” or “You’re the best”.

But sometimes, it’s more.

Like “I’m sorry for losing my patience today.”

Or “Congratulations!” for a soccer goal scored, or a spelling test aced.

Because, in the middle of our busy days, I might forget to tell them these things. And when I go into their rooms at night, and see their sweet faces as they sleep, I’m overwhelmed with the love I have for them.

And that’s something I want them to know.

That’s something I want them to wake up to.

So if it takes a big ol’ white board smack in the middle of their wall to help me remind them, I’m all for it.

Whether it goes with the décor or not.

57 Comments on 5 Reasons Why Whiteboards Are The Greatest Parenting Tool Ever

  1. Great idea Mom! I love it and my have to institute it with my oldest. The little ones are going to have to wait. We already had a run in with the white board markers.

  2. My kids have always loved white board drawing also, even our 2 year old; my kindergartner even uses a small one for spelling word practice.A tip though for when they inevitably try them out on the walls, just remember the mr. clean magic eraser is your pal.And… even though they smell strong, contrary to popular belief, they can’t get high sniffing them.BTW, welcome to reddit.com!

  3. oh how i love this idea. i have one on my fridge but putting them in their rooms for little notes is awesome! i’m always wishing i was better at notes in their lunch boxes….this idea will work better for me. loved it!

  4. I enjoy using an Aquadoodle with my nephew — we got one that just sticks to the wall, and we draw pictures back and forth. And it cleans itself up. But he also really like whiteboards — especially at a young age (he’s 2.5) a dry-erase marker is easier to manipulate than most other drawing implements.After a quick google I notice Crayola makes a washable dry-erase marker. Nice!

  5. What an awesome idea to put them in the bedrooms! I want to try that, too! We and easel whiteboard downstairs in a corner but they just use it to hide behind.Now if I could just get my 3 year old to quit drawing all over herself whenever she gets a hold of a marker….

  6. those are great! It is funny how once we become parents we learn to like things that bring our kids happiness. There are things I said I would never allow but boy have I learned to never say never.

  7. Taylor has a white board too, and now that you mention it, she uses it all the time for lots of different things! She loves it! But I haven’t gotten in on the action of it–you’ve given me some great ideas. And I think I’ll get one for Aly too! Thanks! :)

  8. I love this idea! My kids might be alittle young for it right now (I would be afraid they would move right off the white board onto the walls), but in a year or two – we are there!

  9. Very sweet post and fun. We had a white board emergency of sorts today. My daughter decided to use her markers on the floor and the white fridge. She should know better, but …anyway. I learned that dry erase markers can stain non dry erase surfaces. However, I also learned that using a brillo pad ever so gently on those non dry erase spaces saves the day.

  10. I am also vey picky about decor, but you just convinced me how great of an idea these are. I LOVE it and love the 99.7% how cute is that? I bet that made your heart skip a beat. Very cute thanks for the idea!!

  11. Where did she get her math brain? I admire her ability to calculate right down to the last .7%! I love when a tool works out to serve us even better than we thought:)

  12. This is absolutely true (and expertly explained!) I’ve written about white boards a lot. Who would think they’re such an excellent tool? Here was a fun conversation I had with my daughter last year on the white board: Snot Stew.

  13. What a great idea! Mine aren’t big enough to read yet, but maybe my little one can draw on the white board instead of the table, the closet doors, himself….

  14. Love this! We are big into writing notes and text messages to each other in our home. I think whiteboards would be a great addition with my teens. Thanks for the super idea!

  15. What a great idea. I will add this to my shopping list too. My boys are just starting to write. What a tool this will be. I can’t wait to receive the cute “letters” like the 97% note you received. Thanks for sharing this.

  16. I love this!! I’m with you on the matching thing – but I have definitely been persuaded to be otherwise. Although, white is THE perfect accent colour!!

  17. I love, love this idea. You know you can by whiteboard paint at your local home supply store, too? I purchased some for my daughter’s play room a while back, but haven’t had a chance to paint it yet. I really liked your #5. I watched a series by Donna Otto, and she hangs a whiteboard in her garage (I think) with a message for her husband to see when he comes home from work. She also uses one in another visible area in her home that she writes messages to visitors or family members.Thanks for the great ideas on how to use it!

  18. PS – I just realized for some reason I did not have your blog correctly in my blog reader so I was missing posts!! Agh! Fixed now. All is right in the world. :)

  19. What an awesome idea… After 21 years of parenting why didn’t I see this sooner????I think this is a cool idea.Thanks for sharing.I found you through Angela’s (Becoming Me) blog.It’s nice to meet you..Julie

  20. Wow, Well who doesn’t want a whiteboard now? I want someone to put a white board over MY bed and leave me sweet love notes to find before I go to sleep. How lovely.

  21. I love this idea. I’m going to have to bring our whiteboard down to their level, since I never use it. Now it will be our family’s whiteboard. Great tips.

  22. I use the whiteboard for my urgent to do list; when that is not working to get things done, I let my son draw on it. When we homeschooled years ago, my daughters used them all the time for projects and math problems. The visual gives learning a different perspective.

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