Organization skills are not just for adults. Children must also learn to be organized to get the best out of every opportunity that comes up. A child who is not organized misses many opportunities. You can help your child have a better childhood while imparting those vital lessons all children need as they grow into adults. It’s best you start teaching organizational skills to your child at an early age. Teaching your child basic organization is not easy; it takes hard work, persistence and commitment. However, when you see your child more in control and competent, you will feel rewarded. When you teach your child to be organized, you’ll find that not just your child, but your entire household experiences less stress. So start today and teach your children how to prevent tardiness, lost assignments, and lost or forgotten supplies.
Train Your Child To Be Prepared And To Plan
A thorough preparation is half the job done. Teach your kids the value of preparing for everything. For example, if a school project is assigned, get your kids started on the preparation right away. Teach them to think about what materials they need, what steps they need to follow, and how much time it’ll take to complete the project. You can even help your children create a task sheet, make to-do lists and daily tasks until project completion.
Teach Your Kids To Be Consistent And Stick To Routines
Getting started with a task with full enthusiasm is not good enough. Being consistent and hammering away at the task till it’s done is what’s really important. Sit with your child and explain that it’s necessary to establish routines in order to develop discipline. Give them a place to keep their books, to do their homework and their projects. Set certain hours of the day for them to do their homework and insist that they stick to these routines. Make sure that your kids maintain a designated place for their things such as backpacks, books, jackets and toys.
If your child is the creative, imaginative and scattered type, you may have to try a different technique. Give your child the liberty to decide which way works best for them. Give them options and let them choose. If your child regularly leaves his completed assignments at home, help your child remember using innovative methods.
Teach Your Kids The Importance Of Making Clear Decisions
Children sometimes want to try everything at once. You need to help them prioritize. Teach them valuable decision-making skills that’ll help them during their life. For example, if a child is torn between attending basketball practice or joining the school play, ask them to list out the benefits of each activity and which one they’ll enjoy more. This kind of clear thinking will help them evaluate their options, understand time constraints and make the right choice.
Once your child understands that all decisions affect other aspects of their lives, they will learn to make better and more effective decisions in the future.
Teach Your Kids The Value Of Accountability And Responsibility
Make your child feel responsible and accountable by assigning age-appropriate household tasks. For example, a child of six can help you sort out whites from coloreds when you do your laundry. A child of nine can help you dry dishes and stack them, and even load the dishwasher. Make sure that these tasks will be left undone until the child does them. When the child sees that his or her contribution really makes a difference, they will learn to be accountable and responsible.
Help Your Child Learn The Consequences Of Their Actions
If a child has been assigned the care of your pet cat, talk to that child and explain that if he or she forgets to feed the cat, the cat will starve. Every child understands the importance of food and most kids hate to go hungry even for a little while. Explain that the kitty’s tummy will ache badly and then develop gas and kitty might feel faint as well if not fed on time. Understanding the consequence of a task left undone will help your children be more accountable. Tell them what happens when they don’t submit an assignment; let them know that leaving toys lying around can cause accidents, causing pain to a loved one. Children will understand as you explain to them.
Praise Your Child When They Learn To Be Organized
Praise and reward your child as he or she learns to be more organized. This will reinforce the organization skills they learn. Let your child know that you are proud of him or her and that you know they’re going to be great adults some day.
Even while you set rules for bad behavior, take note of any good decision making skills that they develop, watch out for clear thought processes and planning and reward them for these. The tasks your child performs around the house may be as perfect as you’d like them to be, but be proud nevertheless. If your child folds clothes haphazardly in the laundry basket, don’t set about refolding them. Just store them in the closet just as they are and your child will be ever so proud. Children are sensitive and they’ll know when you’re not satisfied. Help build their character by appreciating all efforts. Teach them to do a better job but do it without criticizing what they’ve done.
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