Getting Your Kids Organized

We’re willing to bet that your children learned some great organizational skills while they were at camp this summer. Now it’s your job to help them keep those skills sharp during the school year. Don’t worry–it’s really as easy as 1-2-3! According to KidsHealth.org, kids’ tasks can be broken down into a 1-2-3 process: Getting organized means a kid gets where he or she needs to be and gathers the supplies needed to complete the task.   Staying focused means sticking with the task and learning to say ”no” to distractions.   Getting it done means finishing up, checking your work, and putting on the finishing touches, like remembering to put a homework paper in the right folder and putting the folder inside the backpack so it’s ready for the next day. “Once kids know these steps–and how to apply them–they can start tackling tasks more independently. That means homework, chores, and other tasks will get done with increasing consistency and efficiency. Of course, kids will still need parental help and guidance, but you probably won’t have to nag as much. “Not only is it practical to teach these skills, but knowing how to get stuff done will help your child feel more competent and effective. Kids feel self-confident and proud when they’re able to accomplish their tasks and responsibilities. They’re also sure to be pleased when they find they have some extra free time to do what they’d like to do.” For more on helping your kids get organized, read the whole article here: http://bit.ly/PFLZT6 …

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