How are your kids with homeworks and school projects? How about the responsibility they have at home? such as cleaning their rooms, put away toys? Do they always remember putting away the school bags? or just drop the bag anywhere? Today’s kids have a lot responsibilities, homework, school project, reading list, spelling list, papers need be signed, books need be returned to the library, not to mention soccer practice, game schedule, snack schedule, … How to keep track of all these? And more importantly, how can we help kids learn to keep track of their own life responsibilities? This is an important life skill for kids. After reading several articles on this topic, I summarized many good suggestions into 2 simple tips that you can do to help kids to form a good habit of stay organized. I tried myself, if you can stick with these two tips, kids’ good habit will follow.
How to help kids organize school and home responsibilities
1. Have a designated spot for every thing.
Papers need parent’s signature, backpack, sports gear, lunch bag, … Teach kids to put everything at the designated place. Here are some great examples: school paper works, various command centers, school bags, even kids art works.
The tricks: 1) be consistent. This means every thing must go to its spot all the time, no exceptions; 2) kids are the ones doing it, not parents. Kids must place each of their items at the spot themselves. If they misplace something, have them put it at the right spot before they move on to the next activity.
2. Break down responsibilities into small tasks and have an easy to follow list of tasks.
The tricks: 1) have a list for each child; 2) Have a short list that kids can comprehend; 3) only list things kids can actually perform.
Stick with these 2 tips, and your kids will be on their way organizing their own responsibilities.
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