We all had that someone in our family who couldn’t seem to keep track of everything going on around them- always looking for something they lost, running out the door last minute only to come back and get something they left behind. Maybe it was one of your siblings, sometimes it’s even one of your parents, and, well, it might have even been you!
Kids who learn organizational skills from a young age grow up to become adults who can deal better with the world around them: stressful situations, unexpected occurrences, making big plans, etc. A balance between learning how to follow directions and knowing when to push boundaries and get creative is good for kids to grow up to live happy and successful lives.
Later, when they are applying to university or beginning their first job, they will thank you for it!
How to teach them
We know that it can be tricky to teach kids how to be organized, but fear no more! Here are some tips to help you make this process easy, and even fun, for both parties involved.
1. Let them be a part of the decision-making process.
They know they have homework to do and chores to finish, so let them know that they can help decide which way is best for them to do it. For example, ask them when they want to do their homework, at what time, and on what days they want to clean their room. If they feel like they decided it, they will be more willing to do it themselves.
2. Make it fun!
Get them to pick out a big board or a fun calendar, you can find plenty of options like our Personalized Weekly Desk Planner or our Personalized Calendar. Make it a fun activity, with colored pencils and stickers to write down what they must do and when.
3. Lead by example.
Remember how organized mom was, and how sometimes you got to put on your big girl pants and help? Let your kids pick a dish or dessert to cook, put on some music, and have them read the recipe out loud. Maybe they can have a Monogram journal, full of their own recipes and ideas, or their own Apron with their name on it. Participating in the process of things lets kids begin to understand that structure is necessary even during fun activities. When they see a positive result, they’ll want to keep doing it!
4. Have a reward system.
It’s always an excellent way to teach your kids that they are doing great! You can keep track of their accomplishments in a Rewards Chart that they can see throughout the week. Consider letting them place their own stickers on the chart to make them feel proud of being organized with their things!