Raising an organized child to be successful in life IS an attainable goal when you follow these tips!
If ONLY our littles were born with a how-to manual in hand. Unfortunately, as we know all too well, that's not the case.
A quote out there says a mom is only as happy as her unhappiest child. Twenty-one years later, I've found that to be very accurate in my own life. All a mom wants is for her children to happily thrive.
If you've found me here, you probably agree that it is challenging enough to raise a child. But in an unorganized environment amidst the chaos, it's all the more difficult.
Follow these tips to equip your child with the organizational skills they need to thrive.
1. BEGIN WITH YOU
If you haven't noticed, your children are mini-me's.
They follow your lead. If you want them to choose healthy foods and lead an active life, but YOU, their role model, are a junk-food loving couch potato, guess what they're gonna follow~
The same principle applies to organization.
If you live an organized life, that environment will follow through in your children's habits. Sure, I think every child passes through the messy bedroom phase. (and BOY oh BOY did ALL of our children!) During that phase, I was always wondering where I went wrong.
However, the peaceful atmosphere that you create will win out in the end, and they will ultimately gravitate toward that positive, calm, organized lifestyle.
If you're scattered and always losing things, living a chaotic, unorganized life, it's time to work on YOU first. Do whatever you need to do to make positive changes in your home environment and your life.
Habits are key to raising an organized child. Develop organized habits as EARLY on as possible. As soon as your child can walk over to the toy box and put a toy away, develop that habit! Teach them to fold clothes and to make their bed.
Don't allow your children to leave towels, dirty clothes, toys, and papers on the floor. Teach them that everything has a place, and train them to RETURN items when finished!
That said, make it easy by using bins and containers or easily accessed shelves and storage units.
The clutter in our homes and lives stems from failing to have a place for everything and not taking the time to put things away.
Creating the habit of taking care of your things teaches your children to respect others, respect their surroundings, and, most importantly, respect themselves !
3. Daily Routine
Instilling daily routines go a LONG way toward raising an organized child.
For example, begin by creating a morning and evening routine. Choose routines that accomplish must-do tasks in an orderly way.
Waking, MAKING THE BED before leaving the bedroom, getting dressed, brushing teeth, etc. are things that need to be accomplished AND develop organization habits.
Evening routines should include a time to put toys away and do a quick cleanup of their room. (More on evening routines here.)
When your children know what to expect, they don't need to use excessive brainpower to make decisions and choices. They naturally accomplish tasks without extra thought.
These routines develop the organized habits that lead to a future lifetime of productivity in school, work, and respectful relationships.
If raising an organized child seems WAY TOO daunting, maybe it's time to look toward simplicity.
When you can't find a home for all the oodles of toys on the toy mountain, or the clothes are OVERstuffed in drawers, keeping all the stuff organized will be almost impossible, and certainly not joyful.
It's time to SIMPLIFY. It's time to donate the unused and keep only the important, functional items.
Sidenote~ You don't have to become a minimalist here. But, I'll repeat... everything should have a place. If this isn't the case in your home, rethink your material goods.
If your children can learn the habit of simplicity NOW, they will never have to deal with the baggage of overwhelming clutter and lack of routine.
Have fun by playing games to help develop these habits and routines!
• Have a contest before bed- who can put all their things away the fastest?
* The sibling with the neatest room for the week gets to pick a new book/toy/reward.
• Make a routine/task chart- when things are put away and routines accompished, stick a start on the chart. Stars can add up for rewards.
Your children will learn how to be organized in a FUN way, without even knowing it.
Being clutter-free and organized doesn't have to be drudgery!
Allow your children to experience the satisfaction of their bedroom being in order.
Teach them how they can help you in other areas of the home as well. Your children learn responsibility by helping out around the house.
Raising an organized child may seem impossible on many days, and you WILL feel like you're getting nowhere fast sometimes.
But, if you can relax and carry on with the teaching process, your children WILL learn. I promise!
They will be well-equipped to handle what comes toward them! They will learn to respect themselves and others as they grow older.
If you feel stuck, have questions, or need ideas, CONTACT ME!
You are NOT alone!
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