How to Help your Child Get – and Stay – Organized

Developing organizational skills in children can make life easier for them as they learn how to manage
time and meet deadlines. The key to success in school or life is staying organized. Some kids can be
easily taught about the importance of organizational skills in school while some face trouble getting
organized and managing their time. They need proper guidance and training to inculcate time
management strategies which are crucial for school and beyond. Although it requires extra effort as
parents begin, it’s worth it in the long run. Once children master these basic skills, they can stay focused
on tasks and finish them on time. With some practice and help, parents can teach their children to stay
organized.

Wondering how to do that? Here are some strategies to help your child get and stay
organized at school, home, and beyond.

1. Divide work into manageable chunks – Help your child divide household chores or school
projects into smaller, manageable steps. Make them understand that each task has a beginning,
middle, and end so that they do not feel overburdened.

2. Help them set deadlines – Show them how to set interim deadlines for long-term, bigger
projects and encourage them to follow it. If your child has to submit an assignment next week,
set a date for submitting rough draft on the calendar. Keep a track of her progress and make
sure she completes the work on time.

3. Make to-do lists and checklists – Once your child is aware of his responsibilities, help him create
a to-do list. Ask them to include homework, assignments, and household chores on the list. Tell
them to cross off completed tasks from the checklist. This will encourage them to finish their
work on time while giving them a sense of accomplishment.

4. Teach time management skills – Make them write down important tasks on a paper calendar or
in a digital one. This process will help her analyze time she takes for a single task. Once she
accomplishes the task, discuss the gap between estimated and actual time and if required,
suggest ways to meet the deadline within the estimated time.

5. Establish a daily routine – Engage your children in setting an established weekly routine. This
can help build planning skills while they learn what can be expected from them throughout the
day. Use effective time management strategies or maybe picture schedules to make them follow
a schedule.

6. Help them stay focused – Children get distracted easily and this breaks the concentration cycle,
thereby affecting the work. Help them stay focused and motivated towards their assigned work
by saying ‘no’ to distractions. Reward them when they finish a major task to build confidence.

7. Set a designated study time – Reserve few hours every day for studying and finishing their
homework. It is better to schedule the study time sometime in the evening as they should need
time to unwind after coming back from school. Include your child when you make a decision.
Sometimes, when they do not have homework, use the reserved time to review today’s lesson,
work on an upcoming school project, or indulge in reading a book for pleasure.

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