One of greatest skills you can give to your child is being organized! If they are taught at a young age to be organized, they will be rest of their lives. Plus, if they’re organized your life will become a lot easier. You might think that teaching your child to be organized is difficult and tedious, but it’s not! Here are 11 things you can do to get started right away.
Along with monthly calendars, make daily checklists. When something is completed, your child will feel the gratitude of completing their tasks. Fun list ideas could be ‘Things I Do Before Bed’ or ‘Activities To Do During Summer Vacation.’
Plan Things In Advance
Whether it is getting ready for school or a big family trip, include your child in the planning process. Certain things for school or even running errands can be planned out the night before, while bigger events can be planned weeks in advance.
Give Your Child Chores That Involve Sorting
Chores such as putting away groceries, sorting the recycling or emptying the dishwasher or all things involve planning, arranging and (you guessed it!) organizing.
Keep Your Home Organized
When your home is set up so that everything has its own place, organization comes naturally to your kids. Keep everything in a designated place, and put things away where they belong.
Have A Routine
Especially one that requires your child to clean regularly. Establish a set routine early on will help get your child in the habit of taking care of his room and personal space.
Encourage Children To Help
Young children love to help their parents so take advantage of it. Let them help with the cooking, keeping all of the ingredients organized while following the direction. Slightly older children can help you plan your errands or help you plan how to organize the pantry.
Teach Them Time Management
This is a very important skill for everyone, not just the children. Start small by giving her a specific timeframe in which she should complete a task. For example, tell her she must finish her homework by a certain time or clean her room in so many minutes. This will help her develop the organizational skills for completing those tasks in the time you give her.
Have A Homework Routine
Along the lines of having a routine and managing time, homework should be done to a schedule. Establish a study schedule and a homework strategy and set up a comfortable place for your child to work. Encourage him to stick to his schedule even when there is no homework assigned. He can use the study time as quiet time to read or do puzzles.
Have A Homework Box
In order to keep your child more productive and on schedule when she does have study time, keep her study area organized. Fill with all the supply she will need such as paper, pencils, ruler and a calculator so that has easy access to everything she needs and knows exactly where it goes when she is done.
Give Out Praise For Staying Organized
Positive comments and praise will help encourage your child to continue staying organized.
Learning how to be organized is a skill that will benefit your child throughout his or her entire life. Start early by using any of these 11 ways to help teach your child to be more organized.