How many of your child’s water bottles, or caps, or toys, have never made their way back home from school? How many times has your child called you from school, asking you to urgently bring her the homework, or PE kit, she had forgotten at home? Well, probably too many times!! This blog post highlights a few systems and habits you can help your child build upon over the years to make her more organised and independent.
A school holiday spent at home is the perfect time to declutter with kids and re-organise their spaces to adapt to their evolving needs. Investing a little time a day during the holiday is sure to make the school year much smoother for all of you. Here are categories of kids’ stuff you can declutter with kids.
As a mum to a soon 17-year old, I know how the move into Middle School, with subject-taught classes and long-term projects, can test a child’s organisation and time management skills. Add to it the extensive use of technology in the form of personal laptops given for schoolwork and social media and the instant connection to friends. And, in more cases than ever, the pressure that children get to succeed academically, resulting in schedules packed with extra-curricular activities, tuition and enrichment classes, and as result less time for homework and personal study.
No wonder that it can be extremely challenging for our teens to stay focused and get their homework done efficiently. Here are 6 study habits your child should consider embracing to achieve his/her full academic potential.
You want to keep the clothes that your child has outgrown to pass them onto her younger siblings so you can save your wallet and the planet, but you keep forgetting about them or can’t find them when you need them. Sounds familiar? Well, they say, all you need is love. But in that case, you may also need a system to organise hand-me-downs. Read on…
Are your child’s toys taking over your home?
Then I’m sure you appreciate how seeing toys strewn all over your home and that seem to reappear within hours of your past attempts to straighten up can affect your sanity.
But did you know that too many toys can also affect your child’s development? Indeed a recent study conducted by the University of Toledo in the US showed that children who have too many toys to play with are more easily distracted and show less interest in their toys, while children who have fewer toys play longer and use their imaginations more.
So if it’s not for your own sanity, I think it’s time you do something to end the toys chaos at home for your children’s sake, don’t you think? This is how.
So you’ve tried to help your messy kids be more organised so that you could stop arguing over clutter and tardiness and restore a more harmonious atmosphere at home, but haven’t got much luck so far. Let me guess… You’ve tried to appeal to their common sense, it hasn’t worked. You’ve tried to threaten and remove privileges, it has worked for a while but it all started all too soon again… So how?! Below are the 5 most common mistakes I see parents make – and have caught myself making at times!! – when it comes to trying to get their messy kids more organised and what can be done instead.
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Written by Professional Organiser Nathalie Ricaud, this blog is the place for you to find plenty of tips on decluttering, home organisation, kids' organisation, paper management and time management to help you make your life a little more organised! Happy reading and organising!