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Personal org in children and the need for structure - 2 min read

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One of the hefty tasks to all the parents is to reorganise the messy works of their children. When a child loses pencil every couple of days or leaves the homework book at school or do not keep the toys in the respective toy box after the play or overall clumsy while getting ready to go to school, the hustle between checking up on everything before and after school is tiresome. Even after being overly reminded for unorganised work, the children tend to show lethargic attitude towards cleaning-related stuff.

So how one can maintain personal organisation. Children are uncoordinated by nature. They tend to be hyperactive when it is their favourite task on the table. For instance they hurry up to keep books inside the bag when they know next is games period or end up eating less or run in a hurry when their friends call out to play.

In extreme cases, children get confuse and read wrong chapters for the exam. When there are prior preparation, organised or structured agenda definitely we can reduce these clumsy behaviours.

So, how one can teach their children to be organised?

Start from household activities

Personal organisation happens only when there is responsibility. When children are responsible for their things, their words then only it can be implemented. Assign responsibilities such as divide the task among siblings- elder one can clean the wardrobe and younger one can fold their cloth or like 10 erasers for a year and no more erasers to be given if they lose all interrogate them when they lose things and keep alternatives.

To-do list and reward chart

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Start assigning simple tasks such as arranging their books according to the time table, or tying the shoe lace or buttoning or unbuttoning the shirt to helping in the kitchen, or any other task, list out and make To-Do list. Check whether the child has completed the task and put a tick mark. If the task is continuously happening make sure he/she gets used to that task. Later you can reward the child with the things he/she likes.

21 days of practice become a habit

The tasks should not continue for the sake of reward. Make sure your child is self-disciplined and the task is being done without being frequently informed. Hence create a daily pattern just like brushing the teeth or taking bath. If the child is unable to at certain moments, try to rectify and help your child to continue it. If you pick any new habit make sure at least for 21 days they practice it so that it becomes a habit.

One of the greatest way of achieving the result is by keeping realistic expectations from your child. Understand his/her ability and assign the tasks. Also appreciate your child for all the efforts despite his/her success.

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Ramya E.

The author is a counselor and lifeskills trainer who has trained over 2000 students. She holds an M.Sc. in Psychology.

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