Wednesday, 21 September 2022 09:38

Best ways to keep your child organized

Nurturing children is a skill learnt from trial-and-error methods; it is challenging because there’s no one certain way that works for every child. Fostering children for life skills and implementing habits that could make them better at dealing with life is an everlasting process which goes on each day for parents, teachers, and care givers. Organization is a skill which not only helps manage the clutter but also saves time, and as the saying goes “An organized, trained, and focused mind has perfect control over its thoughts and emotions. Such control over thoughts and emotions further channelizes our energies in the right direction.” – Dr. Prem Jagyasi
Inspired by these words, Orbis School has always aimed to inculcate healthy habits which could help a child grow holistically, beyond classrooms. Here are some tips and methods that could help you help children be more organized –
1.Making a Timetable:
 Making a timetable which is flexible and yet accommodates all the necessary daily tasks will help prioritize tasks and manage time effectively. A time table should also be considerate about accommodating leisure activities.
2.Reinforcement Checklist:
 Cumulating a checklist for daily tasks and rewarding the child at the end of the day/task with constructive feedback or small reinforcement like extra time for their leisure activity, cooking their favorite meal, choosing their own rewards etc.
In Orbis school, reinforcement is provided in the form of merit cards. This motivates the child to do better and increases their efficiency. 
3.Establishing Household Routines:
As parents set a routine for dinner time, bedtime, play etc., it may work wonders in fostering healthy habits. Assigning basic day-to-day household chores will make the child responsible and independent.
4.Autonomy -
 In Orbis Schools, we ensure that each child gets equal opportunity for leadership roles, which not only makes them responsible but also helps to foster independence and time management. On teacher’s day, the student council managed to organize a great show all by themselves. These small steps lead to big learnings. Also, letting the child take responsibility for simple tasks like ironing their uniform, for the next day, buying groceries etc. 
5.Setting Timeline -
 Setting a timeline for each task.
 For example – If the child has been assigned an important project, the first step will be marking the submission date, then the task can be divided into small chunks, starting with utilizing the first week for research and reading, using the second week to write and so on. In school, the deadlines are strictly followed with the intention of harnessing time and task organization skills.
6.Assign Chores that involve sorting –
 Cleaning the cupboard, grocery shopping, sorting photos, filing papers, etc. are great choices that involve pre-planning, making lists, strategizing, and arranging things optimally. Performing small tasks such as those in the house develops a habit for organization in children.
7.Self-Reflection -
 Introspecting about their own thoughts and feelings at the end of the day, parents and teachers should ask the child to reflect upon their feelings after every major task. This will help the child understand their internal process gradually and so that they can take up responsibilities independently.
Also, understanding that being disorganized and messy is very normal among children and teenagers, the care givers can only foster these skills with patience, empathy, and consistency.  Being mindful that the end goal of planting healthy habits, can only grow in a nurturing environment.

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