Teaching Kids to Organize and Maintain Organization is a Valuable Lesson
Let’s be honest. Some days, getting your kid to clean is like asking an alligator not to bite…it’s just not happening! Tantrums start, crying prevails, and toys may or may not get launched at Mom’s head. This may drive you to ask yourself, “Is it really worth the trouble?” Well, if teaching your kids valuable life lessons and keeping an orderly home is worth it to you, then yes! Organizing with kids isn’t all that hard if you have the patience and persistence. These 10 tips can help you be on your way to that organized home.
1. Make it a Game: Most parents know that the way to keep things interesting is to make a game out of it. “Race the Clock” or “Organize the Longest” can be some ideas for games you can create.
2. Incentivize: When you make it a game, don’t forget to have a reward at the end! Kids do well with incentives and want to be rewarded for their accomplishments.
3. Label: When you make labels for places, it helps you and your kids remember where they go. If your kids can’t read, color code or put a picture next to the label. It’ll help them learn to organize AND read at the same time!
4. Let Them Choose: Letting your kids decide where things should go will not only help them with memory, but will allow them to take ownership of their belongings.
5. Start with their Own: A good place to start would be their bedroom. They can relate to their own belongings better than the master bathroom. Then you can move into other territory like the kid’s bathroom and the garage.
6. Take Breaks: Things can get overwhelming when organizing with kids. Take a break to have lunch or play a game of catch in the backyard. Breaking up the time will rejuvenate the little ones and help all of you be more effective.
7. Any Bit Helps: Even if they don’t get that much done, it’s the lesson that is being taught more than anything. If you have to, you can spread it out over a few days: a little here and a little there. Let them know that every bit helps.
8. Keep it Fun: It’s easy for kids to grow uninterested. Keep the task at hand light and fun. If it’s a serious ordeal, then they won’t want to keep participating. If they want to take a break to show you their long lost bunny rabbit, then let them!
9. Teach Them Why: “Because I said so” doesn’t really cut it for most kids. They ask why all of the time. Try your best to get them to see that it’s more than just keeping the house clean. It’s a lesson that everyone needs to learn.
10. Be Consistent: The best lesson you can give is by showing them that you’re consistent with what you say. Put it back where it came from and your kids will follow suit.
Organizing with kids isn’t all that hard when you let patience and persistence be your guide. Following these steps will help, but it’s all about consistency and teaching lessons. Good luck and have fun with it!
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