How to Promote Healthy Organising Behaviours in Your Children

Setting your children up for success is a top priority for parents and when it comes to teaching your children how to be organised, the younger you start the better.

Structure and Organisation for Children

Studies have shown that children who have structure in their lives do better at school, are socially well adjusted and cope well with stresses.  Also once the habit of being organised is learnt, it is something your children can take with them into adulthood.

Keep these tips in mind as you promote organised habits with your children:

1. Children learn by example. Look to your own habits first. Are they up to par? Your children watch every move you make and they’re likely to repeat your behaviors. While failing to tidy up after yourself is fine every now and then, if it becomes a habit, your children will expect it is ok for them to do to the same.

Be a model for your children by being organised and tidying up after yourself. Show them that they must pick up after themselves by showing them how to do it themselves and then expect they do so every day.

2. Make be organised fun. If you make healthy behaviours fun, your children will look forward to engaging in them. Get excited about them packing away their toys when they are finished with them. Make cleaning up after themselves a game and have fun with it and reward your children for doing a great job.

3. Use repetition. Fight the urge to give up when your kids forget to pick up after themselves.  It takes 21 days to instil a habit so remember that you whilst you may sound like a broken record from time to time once your organisation habits are instilled in your kids, your home will be easy to maintain.

4. Be clear with your kids that you expect them to help you around the house and give them tasks suitable to their age.  Your children are used to being organised as they are required to put things away in their place when they are at pre-school or day care.  Continue this same expectation at home.  Your kids will soon get the message that you are serious and that they cannot get away with bad behaviours just because they are at home.

5. Turn off the TV. In this day and age, the TV plays a large role in life. Establish a no TV or video game policy during certain hours and have your children complete their chores during this time.  If they finish their chores early, encourage your children to go outside or read a book.

6. Stay involved. Get actively involved in your child’s life. If you continue to encourage them when they’re doing something good, they’ll enjoy the attention. Getting involved in this way will give your children the confidence to continue with their healthy habit.

When Things Go Wrong

People lead busy lives and sometimes you’ll realize that you’ve let some bad behaviours take over. In these situations, it’s important to stay on top of the problem and search for a solution.

Define the problem and develop an action plan that will help you get back on track. For example, if your family has fallen into a pattern of going to bed and leaving the lounge a mess, then have a family meeting and remind your family of their responsibilities.

Following these tips will keep you and your children on the right track to be organised for life.