How to teach young children to be organised
Young kids are vibrant, exploratory, full of life, energetic and in the process they usually make a mess.
They like to scatter but dont like the cleaning part which is expected at the end. There is no better time to teach kids once they start talking and can understand, communicate.. little things like pick up your toy and put in your toy box or container is a starting point of getting them organised.
Young children always feel they know it all and parents tend to yell or shout to get them to do things. An organised child is one that can do things in the right way, manner and time. He or she takes and makes conscious effort in putting things in the right place in a tidy manner. And once this habit becomes part of the child’s life it will be with that child forever.
A mum’s role here is more and very important however both couples are responsible and should work hand in hand to make it work
Here are a few tips to help parents teach their children how to be organised
- Be a good example in Organisation: There is no better teacher than the parents.. We cant teach our children to be organised if we are not as well. Watch it… your child is watching you as your throw your shoes or clothes anywhere in the house or room
- Establish household routines. Choose a day of the week for household tasks like doing laundry, paying bills, and cleaning, and get your kids involved! Saturdays are the best. Engage your kids in setting the routine (it helps build their planning skills)
- Assign chores that involve sorting or categorizing. Grocery shopping, sorting photos, cleaning out a closet, and other chores that involve pre-planning, making lists, or arranging things are great choices.
- Get ready the night before. This one’s always tough — for both of you — but it does work if you can get in the habit.
- Use containers and closet organizers. If there’s a place for everything, she’ll find it easier to find items, keep neat, and clean up. Build “pick up” time into the daily routine.
- Establish a homework routine. Help your child make a “study hour” schedule and set up a comfortable workspace — whether her room or the kitchen table. Encourage her to stick to the schedule
- Create a homework supply box. Fill a box with school supplies and encourage your child to store pens, paper, measurement tools, and a calculator in it so he’ll have what he needs on hand.
- Cook together. Cooking teaches measuring, following directions, sorting ingredients, and managing time — all key elements in organization. Involve your child in meal planning