The following post is from Blessings of Working Mom Journal:
Most parents think of ways to become more organized in their workplace, and in their own spaces at home. However, it is also important to help our kids clear their thoughts, stay focused, and be productive.
Here are some great tips that worked for us.
Create a Workspace for Them
An office, an empty room, or a corner space should all do the trick.
Designate spaces for books, supplies, homework, projects, computer, printer, etc. Kids love colors so I like to use color coded binders and drawers.
Make the area welcoming with a nice shag rug for those days when they have to get on the floor to finish up a painting project.
Be sure to eliminate distractions from this area. Cell phones, games, TV and any other electronic should not be permitted. Instead, put a bin at the entrance to this workspace where all electronics are deposited.
Give Them a Planner
A planner helps them to take responsibility of their own projects and deadlines. Be sure to review your child’s planner to make sure he/she is ready to take up such challenges.
Also, make sure to balance their schedule against your own.
Create an Inspired Environment
Feed your child’s inspirations by accessorizing their space with artworks that relates to their desired profession and frames of their achievements, certificates, medals, and appreciation cards.
I also recommend writing a mission statement. There is a reason why companies have visions, objectives and goals.
The household represents a mini company where members of the household agree on how to treat people, love one another, and set clear standards for success. This mission statement should reflect academic, social, and physical goals for the family and more.
Help your child understand that when they comes home, they should put their backpack in a particular area and get started on homework.
This is a typical schedule — TV, games and play time can come afterwards.
Be sure to engage yourself in these activities as well or you’ll never get the desired results.
When my Mom forced us to do our homework everyday after school, she would lock us in the house and head back to her shop which was right across from the house. But instead of working on our school work, we watched TV and played.
When she finally realized this, she became more visible. We kept to our routines, and we turned out great.
Lead By Example
People will take what you DO more seriously than what you SAY.
By teaching our children how to be good responsible adults and leaders, we inspire them on the journey of life.
Create a To-Do list and follow through.
Turn off the TV when paying your bills.
Don’t start a task until you are prepared.
Pick up and clean up after yourself.
Even my toddler pays attention to what I do…
I normally wash dishes immediately after we eat. One time, I was way too tired, and I decided to rest for a while first. When my toddler realized I wasn’t going to take the plates to the kitchen, she decided to take them herself.
I was busy watching TV when I heard a plate shatter on the floor. My daughter had tried following in my footstep. I’ve felt ashamed, and ever since that incident, I’ve stuck to my habit of showing her the right way to live and following through.
Get Your Spouse Involved
These tips work well if all parents are involved. I hope that you can get your spouse involved in this awesome journey of productivity and organization for your little ones.
What do you do to help your child be organized and productive? Do you think these are important skills traits for kids to learn?
Blessing is a full-time engineer and working mother. She blogs at Working Mom Journal where she offers advice at the intersection of career and motherhood.