Parents, we want the best for our children, right? We want them to grow up successful, happy, productive, and confident, right?
Scholastic success is closely linked to good organizational and time-management skills. According to John Stamm, Ph.D., and Bill Stockton, School Psychologist, in their report Psych Savvy: Children and Organizational Skills (1993), “School failure and unhappiness in the school can be often traced to poor organizational skills.” Evidence shows that children having trouble “dramatically improved their school performance because of assistance in becoming better organized.”
Good organizational and time-management skills contribute to a child’s confidence, happiness, independence and better behavior. Children benefit from having order in their lives. Organization is a skill that needs to be developed and nurtured. With guidance, motivation, and consistency, a parent can set the foundation for a successful outcome. Whether a parent takes this challenge on themselves or turns to a professional for help, it is important to remember that a child will experience a few bumps in the road. Learning these skills are like learning any other. It is a journey just as it is a destination.
The best time for a child to begin learning these skills is as early as the age of two. They have been playing with toys for months and beginning to communicate more. Toddlers and preschoolers have the ability to absorb information at an incredible speed. Take advantage of this opportunity and begin showing children how to purge, sort, and categorize. Get your child involved in the process and allow them to make choices and decisions. This is a great confidence builder! Children are more likely to stick to a system that they are involved in than one that is just told to them.
Your toddler and preschool will learn about managing time through routines and structure in their daily schedule. Have specific times blocked for bath time, clean-up, reading, resting, and homework. Children benefit from having a schedule they can count on. Informing your child they have 10 more minutes (and then 5 minutes) of play time will help them to mentally prepare as well as plan for clean-up time. This is one way a child begins to ‘manage time’.
In the end, children learn so much by modeling our behavior. If you struggle with organizational challenges, consider contacting a professional for some guidance and support.
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