Keep Your Child from “Falling” into Bad Organizing Habits

While it’s the fall season, don’t let your child “fall” now that we are well into the school year. This is a good time to determine if your children are maintaining organization with regards their school work/homework and general daily duties.

You have gone out and purchased all the necessary items and sent your children to school, equipped for the school year. But, have you given them the necessary tools and know-how to maintain organization throughout the year?

Being organized is very beneficial and is something that should be taught to all children. It is a known fact that a child who has an organized system will inevitably achieve higher results than one who cannot find his/her notes, and has paper floating all over the place. That is why this is a great time for parents to determine if their children are effectively managing their school year and work.

So, where do you start? Look at the heart of it all…your child’s backpack. It’s the lifeline between home, school and your child. It’s what transports homework, assignments and books, and houses your child’s personal belongings. Giving your child’s backpack a check-up helps gauge if your child is coping and is organized. The following are some “tell-tale” signs that you need to step in and help out as soon as possible:

  1. Can you approach this task comfortably or do you already feel the necessity to don a mask rubber gloves?
  2. What is your child’s reaction to your request to see the contents of their backpacks? If your child becomes anxious, this is a sure sign that he/she is not managing his schoolwork in an organized manner.
  3. Take some time now, and help your child. Empty the contents of the backpack and systematically organize everything. You may need an accordion folder with labeled sections for each subject’s notes. Make a list of supplies that will help your child get organized and purchase the items as soon as possible. Engage your child in helping reorganize his/her backpack so he/she knows where everything is, has some input as to what tools would be useful, and can help identify solutions that will work best for him/her.
  4. Encourage your child to ALWAYS keep water/drink bottles in the outside compartments of the bag. The last thing they need is a spill on their school work.
  5. If your child collects cards or other items, give them a re-sealable bag for storing these items. This eliminates items collecting all over the backpack, yet gives the child a place to store any keepsakes and collectibles.

If you feel that your child is not adequately managing his/her school work and time, and you need some help, our professional organizers will be happy to spend a few hours with your child. We can teach your child time management and organizing skills, and help set up a good system to ensure that he/she is able to manage the school year in the best way possible. Feel free to call us at 704-344-0210.

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