How often do you get phone calls from school by your child, asking you to drop a forgotten book, project or some other school material? Is it almost an everyday incident that your child forgets his/her stationeries, lunch box and other items back in the school? Do you get to hear of last minute assignments on a Sunday night? Or lastly, do you have to have to chase your children even at home to finish chores or study?
In cities, with increasing inflation, it has almost become a necessity for both the parents to work. Demanding work timings and stress often render them with less energy to run behind their children and keep a tab on every aspect, even though parents would love to be involved in every aspect of their child’s life. 100% attention and work-life balance have become a myth.
How does one resolve this kind of a situation? What if the number of things to take care of itself reduces? The best solution is to turn your child into a self-reliant and organized person to the extent possible. If your children could take care of their belongings and studies to the extent possible, according to their age, not only does it help you but is a great asset to themselves in the following ways”:
- Makes children self-reliant
- Teaches them responsibility
- Helps infuse self-confidence
- Saves time and effort
Given below by our teachers are some of the simple ways in which children can be taught to be organized:
- Make a schedule – Break down of the available 24 hours in a day into school time, play time, homework time, studies time and most importantly sleeping hours etc. provides clarity to the child with regard to what he/she is expected to do in a day
- Create a routine – the word routine sounds boring to a few. Instead of stressing the child out, a fun-routine can be created which will make the children will look forward to the activity.
- Pin-up Board – A mini board in your child’s room can act as a canvas pinned up with the above schedule, things to do list, school notices/memos, project deadlines etc. Making the board can also be a fun activity and having a dedicated place will encourage the child to follow a routine
- Things to do List and deadlines – A visible Things-to-do list always helpful. A tangible black and white list act as a good reminder for the child. But the most important aspect that prevents the list from growing into a longer list is a deadline
- Assign places – Assigning designated places for objects helps in easy organization and to remember when the particular object is required for use. Saves time and effort prevent loss of objects and mess
- Setting certain rules – like not leaving objects in common areas like the living room, on the floor or non-designated places etc.
- Checklists – If you are going on a family vacation or your child is packing for a school trip, introduce the concept of a checklist. This helps in not being forgetful.
- Clean regularly – when objects are used on a daily basis or frequently, they tend to get scattered. It is therefore important to take time off to re-organize and even discard unused or old things to create space for newer objects
- Teaching values such as punctuality – the basis for being organized mostly depends on the willingness to be organized. The foundation of such behaviour are the underlying values and healthy habits. Being punctual, conscientious, cleanliness, time management etc. are few values that need to imbibed
- Backpack Audit – Children tend to mess their backpacks with junk and papers. Cleaning it on a weekly basis, perhaps during the weekends would set a schedule. Assigning places in the backpack for books, stationaries, snack box etc. is also helpful.
Last but not least, make being organized fun by participating in it with your child. Help them enjoy the activity for a couple of times with games incorporated or rewarding them (intangible rewards – praise, appreciate) so that the habit is formed.
We at Samsidh are dedicated to cultivating leadership qualities in our children and being organized is one of the key traits of a leader. Through curriculum and extra activities such as Life-Skills, various clubs and sports activities, the importance of being organized is taught with example and live situations. Keeping their classrooms and school premises clean, neat and organized is a key requirement.
Our school curriculum and various other activities and programmes have adopted innovative ways of instilling these values. We strive to the maximum extent possible to incorporate each of the values in each of our lesson units.
To find out more about the unique practices and values emphasized at Samsidh, visit our website http://www.samsidhmlzs.com/ and drop into any of our branches to meet our staff and learn more, at your convenience.