It’s completely normal for children to be a little bit chaotic – they’ll forget books at home, they’ll leave things on the floor, and they’ll finish projects late. However, it’s essential that they develop organisational skills as soon as possible so that it becomes second nature when they grow up. There are many effective ways for you to encourage your child to be a little more responsible. Here are a few ways to help your child get – and stay – organised.
- Use check lists
Creating a check list is a great way to help your child get organised because it makes it clear what needs to be done – the list of assignments to complete, the chores to get done, and the things to bring to school. Ticking things off and achieving tasks also helps your child to feel a sense of accomplishment, confidence and self-esteem.
- Create a household schedule
Putting together a household schedule is a great way to get organised. By establishing a family routine which outlines the time for breakfast, dinner, exercise, study and bedtime, it helps your child get into a daily rhythm. By having these things in place, it also teaches your child to manage their time well.
- Put together an organised workspace
Another way to get organised is to provide an effective and appropriate workspace for your child. A comfortable and quiet area with a good lighting free from distractions such as television and mobile phones is important. Ensure that it has all the necessary supplies, like notebooks, pens and storage space.
- Communicate with your child
You can’t just assume that your child finds being organised easy and natural to do. Be sure to talk through things with them, hear their struggles, come up with solutions and find out what you can do to support them better.
Communicate with your child and review the plans for the day ahead. This helps them to feel more secure, and when your child knows what to expect, they can organise and prepare themselves as well.
There are many things you can do to help your child get organised. Ultimately, it is very important to emphasise effort. Celebrate your child for demonstrating organisation and praise them for being on task, getting their work done and taking on responsibility.
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