The following post is from Prerna of The Mom Writes:
- Do mornings spell S-T-R-E-S-S for you and the kids?
- Does dawdling and doodling make up a large chunk of homework hour?
- Does “hurry up!” seem like the family song?
Well, if ‘yes’, its time to change and introduce the kids to some basic productivity tips. That’s right. Kids of all ages can be taught how to be productive and focused, making life a lot easier for everyone while equipping them with life skills that are bound to be a blessing later in life.
Here are a few productivity hacks for younger kids:
1. One Thing at a Time
While most young kids are good at focusing on the task at hand, if you have a child who likes to constantly move from one activity to the other without finishing either, it is time to gently introduce him to the idea of ‘one thing at a time’. Whether it is a book that you’re reading or a puzzle he’s doing, encourage him to finish it before moving on. Praise efforts completed and motivate him to focus on the task at hand.
2. Early to Bed, Early to Rise
If the mornings are a source of stress and strain, push bedtimes up a notch and make waking up early easier. This can take some amount of settling in and practice but once the kids get used to going to bed early and waking up early, the dawdling over brushing teeth or showering won’t eat into your morning time.
3. Prepare the Night Before
As part of your evening routine, encourage children to prepare for the mornings. Teach preschoolers to clear away their toys, put out their backpacks and help prepare lunch. You can also involve them in making sure their clothes for the next day are all ready to wear and that any school projects are complete and placed along with their backpacks.
4. Make Organization a Part of Life and a Lot of Fun
Yes, kids as young as toddlers can be taught organization skills to boost their productivity and you can make it a LOT of fun. For instance, teaching them to sort toys according to type can speed up clean up time and having photo-labeled boxes to store those toys in will make it fun. Singing a song while getting dressed will lighten the atmosphere and make the process a lot faster. Weave basic organizing skills into your daily life and let your kids follow your lead.
How do YOU think one can teach young kids to be more productive and organized?
|Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in being postively productive, parenting with love and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Find her sharing her journey and experiences with productivity and parenting at The Mom Writes.|