This is a guest post from Mount House School.
No matter how old your child is, they sometimes need a little push in the right direction when it comes to getting organised and prepared for school. Forgetting a book from time to time is normal and not writing down their homework assignment can happen, but there are steps you can take to help prevent these little errors from occurring too often. If your children can do more for themselves it’s less work for you to do. Mount House School, an independent senior school in Hertfordshire, has put together the following advice to help you to get your children more organised…
Your child is more than capable of getting organised for school and you know it, but if they’re not even trying it could be that there are too many distractions. They need to be taught to balance their time appropriately between work and play. What’s more, you need to help them to make sure that their bedroom and workspace are tidy and uncluttered so that you all know where everything is.
Don’t be too critical
You should also try not to be too critical because arguing about their disorganisation or untidiness won’t help the situation in the long run. Instead, try to be supportive when they make an effort and give regular reminders. Rather than being negative when things go wrong, you should praise and promote success.
Give them a nudge
Don’t wait until it’s too late to ask if everything is packed in their school bag. Ask about homework as soon as your child gets home from school, rather than waiting until you’re in the car the next morning. Frequent prompts will give them less opportunity to overlook anything that needs to be done.
Encourage a routine
It’s worth incorporating routine into your family life and perhaps introducing checklists for your children. If you get into a habit of doing the same things every day, in the same order, your child will start to remember everything without the reminders from you.
Be organised yourself
Most importantly, you need to set a good example for your child with regards to organisation. Prepare your own work bag the night before or plan the ingredients you’ll need for the next days’ dinner. After all, you can’t expect your child to have everything in order and under control if you don’t!
How well do your children cope with organising themselves? If you’re doing everything for them at the moment maybe you could use these tips to encourage them to do a bit more for themselves and make life a bit easier for you.