Have you ever seen a naturally well-organized kid? You have? Well, it’s just as cool as seeing a real-life unicorn. What we are trying to say is that kids are rarely well-disciplined and organized. More often than not children of school age are way too scatterbrained to remember and stick to their schedule. Not all is lost, however! If you want to help your kids to be organized, there are quite a few tools that can do the trick. In this article, we’ll look at a handful of tips that will help you teach your kids to be responsible and disciplined. Already eager to know? Then let’s get started!
Incorporate Checklist into Your Kid’s Routine
No matter how much we - as grown ups - scoff at the idea of sticking to a checklist, this tool is actually very useful for a young mind. When your child sees all their tasks written down on paper, they can easily take in the scale of this particular day’s routine. You can start by filling the checklist yourself, but later you can have your kid jot down all the tasks and chores for the day. The only thing you will need to do is to check if everything is put down. Another amazing thing about checklists is the satisfaction your kid will feel when striking out each complete task. This is so rewarding that your child will be looking forward to composing and completing more checklists.
Get Your Kid a DIY Calendar
While to-do and checklists might be too boring to look at, a bright DIY calendar won’t be that easy to ignore. But why DIY you might ask. Well, the reason is simple. Store-bought calendars are usually too bleak and impersonal. And since you need a calendar for your kid, it should be visually engaging and match their taste. That is why it is much better to create a school calendar yourself. Luckily, there are software perfectly cut for the job. By making a calendar for your kid yourself, you will make sure that it will feature images that your child likes. Besides, you’ll be able to mark all the important dates - like school mates’ birthdays, upcoming tests, or regular sport practices or music lessons - right in the grid so that your kid will notice them. Sounds appealing? Then make sure to learn how to make a school calendar to create an amazing time management tool that your kid will have fun using.
Create and Maintain a Household Schedule
While school schedule is an important thing, it heavily relies on what is happening in your house day to day. This is when a household schedule comes in. The importance of having a certain daily routine can not be overrated. A clearly established schedule will help you ensure that you and your kids get up at a certain time, have dinner at a certain time, and also have a designated period of free time. Kids learn what to expect throughout the day and learn to make their plans accordingly.
Organize a Designated Study Space
If your kid doesn’t have a little nook where they can study uninterrupted, then all those calendars and to-do lists won’t do any good. Only a decluttered place that is dedicated to one thing and one thing only - studying - will ensure that your kid does just that. Help to organize this study space with bins, a bulletin board, and some motivational posters. Just make sure that this studying space is closer to where you usually dwell in case your kid needs some assistance with their homework.
Perform Regular Cleanups
You do know what they say about a cluttered desk and a cluttered mind, right? So in order to keep your kid’s mind clean and in order, consider performing regular clean ups. They can involve not only your kid’s studying space, but their whole room and even their backpack as well. The less distractions your child has, the easier it will be for them to focus on an important task. Besides, decluttering of a backpack will help you sneak a little auditory peek into it - is it well-organized and neat? If not, help your kid get it in great shape.
These small but doable tips only scratch the surface of making your kid organized, but still they are enough to make some considerable changes in your routine. So now that you are armed with precious knowledge, show your kid how rewarding it is to be well-organized and focused. We wish you luck.