By Ronda Page
Yes, you can! Kids are like a sponge; they absorb what we get them exposed to. Teaching children to become organized individuals does start at birth with putting babies on a schedule. This is your child’s first experience with becoming organized. They begin to understand and expect that their day is going to flow in a particular order with activities involved during certain time frames. One key thing is to be consistent throughout your child’s developmental stages. Here are some helpful hints for each developmental stage:
- Create and keep a consistent sleep, eat, play/tummy time schedule every day and stick to it as much as possible.
Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Adjust schedule as needed
- Add time slots in the schedule to pick up and put away toys
- Teach Sorting skills with toys, clothes, dishes and food
- Teach pick up trash and throw away
Elementary Children and Teens
- Cach then to assist in washing, folding and putting away laundry
- Assign them doing the dishes after meals
- Guide them to develop their homework organizational skills
- Require them to keep their room clean and organized as well as living, kitchen, and bathroom areas and any other common areas in the house.
- Show your children that the home is everyone’s home and everyone has a responsibility to keep things organized and clean.
As babies grow into teens, they can learn simple tasks that will help them become organized for life; your real job is to make the learning process as enjoyable as possible and be a role model for them.
Originally posted 2017-01-04 16:47:11.