Establishing Organizational Skills

Starting In The Home
The skills to organize the physical environment, plan, then carry out prioritized tasks are valuable in the home and school environments. Once a student has mastered organizational skills it’s a benefit for them in the work environment. Helping out with clean up tasks in the home is a great start in understanding objects have a place. As children become older, it is common to expect them to clean their room by themselves but it takes time to learn an order of steps for cleaning. That order is generally up to the parent. Including young children in basic clean-up tasks by giving them one-step-at-a-time can foster that “I did it!” feeling and makes the task positive. Children can become more willing to participate in family household tasks when they feel successful. Some examples are:

• Pulling the bedspread over the pillow when making the bed
• Pulling sheets off when changing the bedding
• Placing silverware on the table before a meal
• Sweeping dirt into a dustpan while you hold the dustpan
• Pulling clothes out of dryer and into a basket
• Placing wet laundry into the dryer
• Placing folded towels in the closet

By adding steps and looking for your child’s success in household tasks, parents can build self esteem in addition to creating a roadmap to organizational skill competence. Providing lots of praise gives the feedback and attention children crave. Be your child’s biggest fan. If the simplest task is very difficult, it’s OK to ask your child if they want help. Providing physical support can be fun as long as the child wants you to be their partner. As children gain confidence with a task they may tell you they’ll do it themselves which is a good step of independence. Check out the Links section for additional information that can be printed in avoiding parenting time traps for assisting your role as parents.

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