Here's How You Can Teach Your Child To Be More Organised
Does your child’s habit of being disorganised or misplacing her belongings worry you? Here are some ways you can ensure that she gets her act together and becomes more organised.
By Varsha Venkatesh • 7 min read
It is time for the school bus to arrive and 11-year-old Aarush is unable to find his project notebook. He panics and asks his mom, Vaishali, who is also clueless but joins her son in the search. However, they are unable to find the notebook. So, Aarush goes to school without it and is penalised for failing to submit his project on time.
This wasn't the first time that Aarush had misplaced his belongings and paid the price. Vaishali was trying hard to make Aarush change his habit of being disorganised, but her methods didn't seem to work. Vaishali was feeling frustrated but she was clueless about how to correct her son's problem.
Like Aarush, there are many children who are disorganised and often suffer the consequence of their bad habit. Although parents try to help them and correct them, their efforts don't bear fruit. If you are also a parent who has a child Aarush, then read on to understand what you can do to change your child's habit and help him.
Benefits of being organised
Fosters a feeling of contentment: When your child is organised, everything falls into place. So, he doesn't need to find things or sort through the mess. This also helps save energy and avoid mental stress. Also, once your child finishes organising his belongings, he would feel a sense of achievement and satisfaction.
Helps save time: Being organised helps save time. When your child is better organised, he is more liable to finish tasks on or before time. This will leave him with plenty of time to pursue other interests or hobbies. As a result, he will be relaxed and stress-free.
Builds a stronger parent–child bond: Involving yourself with organising your child’s schedule for the week ahead or her room can help you bond with her better. This way not only can you guide and teach her how to organise her things but also make her understand that you are actively involved and willing to help her whenever she needs it.
Tips to become more organised
Most of the time, parents end up doing tasks that their children are supposed to do – right from finishing assignments to cleaning up the room. It’s important to teach children the significance of being responsible and organised as it will help them in the long-run. Here are a few tips to help your child get started on an organised life.
Set a routine: Establishing a routine is important. However, it is also important to make your child follow it religiously. To motivate your child, you should also follow the routine you have set.
Set deadlines: Whether it’s finishing a project or studying for exams, ask your child to set deadlines for completing her tasks. Once she learns to do that, she'll be more organised in her approach and finish tasks on time. Help her prioritise her activities and meet the deadlines.
Organise studying space: An organised study table or corner can help your child focus and not be distracted with the clutter. Explain to her the importance of keeping her study table clean and show her how, if she needs guidance. However, let her take the lead on how she wants her study table organised.
Prepare for the day ahead: Ask your child to pack her bag the night before school and keep her uniform and shoes clean and ready. Also, check if she has missed out on completing any assignment or homework. This will teach her the importance of preparing for things in advance.
Make a checklist: At the beginning of every week, ask your child to make a checklist of the assignments to complete, extra-curricular activities to attend and the stationary that needs to be bought. Keeping things ready in advance will prevent last-minute disasters from happening.
Delegate responsibilities: Your child needs to learn the importance of being responsible and carrying out her duties. And, that failure to do so can have consequences. Shamira Ferns, mother of a 11-year-old, recounts her experience, “Earlier, I used to wake up my daughter in the morning so that she reaches the school on time. However, a few days back, I told her that she needs to learn to wake up on her own. During the initial days, she couldn't wake up on time and got late for school. As a result, she received a warning from her teacher. After that, she understood that she needs to get her act together."
Being organised is good for children in the long run. When they go abroad to study or when they start leading lives of their own, it is their organisational skills that helps them sail through life with ease. So, encourage this habit from an early age and help them become a responsible adult.
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