Get kids or­gan­ised

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FAMILY - By JENNIFER CHUNG

SOME chil­dren are born with a nat­u­ral bent for or­der and rou­tine, some kids are born with a free spirit and need some coach­ing to find sys­tems to help their lives run more smoothly.

Learn­ing or­gan­i­sa­tional skills can help fam­ily life run more smoothly and re­duce fric­tion when it comes time to do home­work or keep their rooms clean.

Be­low you’ll find 10 tips to help your kids be­come more or­gan­ised and re­spon­si­ble with their time.

1. Track fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties on a fam­ily cal­en­dar. Post it on the re­frig­er­a­tor for ev­ery­one to see. Go over the next day’s ac­tiv­i­ties at din­ner the night be­fore. En­cour­age chil­dren to con­sult the cal­en­dar be­fore ask­ing if they can add an ac­tiv­ity.

2. Use daily check­lists to keep track of chores, home­work or in­stru­ment prac­tice. This tool will also help kids learn to pri­ori­tise.

3. As­sign chores that in­volve sort­ing, like laun­dry or emp­ty­ing the dish­washer.

4. Have kids pre­pare what they are go­ing to wear the night be­fore and lay ev­ery­thing out. This in­cludes pack­ing their back pack for school and mak­ing lunches if they take lunch to school.

5. Use plas­tic con­tain­ers to or­gan­ise clos­ets so ev­ery­thing has its own place.

6. Use a folder sys­tem to store home­work notes and old as­sign­ments to make study­ing for midterms or fi­nals eas­ier.

7. Es­tab­lish a home­work rou­tine. Set a time and place that is con­ducive for study­ing to help your child cre­ate a sys­tem that works for him.

8. In­clude your chil­dren when cook­ing or bak­ing. Have them fol- low the recipe and use mea­sur­ing cups to mea­sure out in­gre­di­ents. Ex­plain why a recipe will fail if the mea­sure­ments are not ac­cu­rate.

9. En­cour­age your child to keep a collection. It could be rocks/gems, stamps or coins. Items that can be sorted and or­gan­ised or clas­si­fied are best.

10. De­velop a re­ward sys­tem to help your child de­velop a rou­tine. Be con­sis­tent to cul­ti­vate steady habits.

Kids learn by fol­low­ing their par­ents’ ex­am­ple; the best way to get them to fall in line is to model the be­hav­iour you hope to in­still in their rou­tines.

Es­tab­lish­ing a con­sis­tent pat­tern for ex­pec­ta­tions will en­cour­age them to fol­low the rou­tine and bring more or­der to their home and school life. Learn­ing to be or­gan­ised and man­age time is an es­sen­tial skill for suc­cess in school and be­yond. – Kin­sights/McClatchy Tri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

Jennifer Chung is a par­ent­ing ex­pert and co-founder of Kin­sights, part par­ent­ing com­mu­nity, part on­line health record.

Teach chil­dren to make charts of their progress.

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