Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Is Your Child a "Collector"?

Any Moms of pack-rats out there? My youngest son is the exact opposite of myself and my husband. He “collects” everything from rocks to McDonald’s toys to stickers. When we were going through clothes for a yard sale he even exclaimed he didn’t want to part with the clothes he had outgrown because of “the memories” they contained. LOL

So what is a mom to do when a child’s room looks like a bomb went off. Well, instead of taping it off with Caution- Enter at your own risk tape, there are simple strategies you can employ to help your child become more organized.

1. Work when you (and your child) are at your best. The time to tackle a huge project is not at the end of the day when you are both tired and cranky. Instead, schedule a time with your child to start organizing. If you are morning people- eat a good breakfast and jump right in to it. If you are late risers than start after lunch. Set yourselves up to succeed from the very beginning by choosing the best time to begin the project.

2. Don’t try to get it all done in one day. Kids do not have the attention span to remain focused for that long, especially on a task they don’t want to undertake in the first place. Schedule in plenty of breaks and rewards for sticking with it. Use an egg timer as a tangible reminder that in ___ minutes you will take a break. Break the project into smaller projects and then focus on one per work session. Once your child sees the progress they will be more motivated at the next session.

3. Make it fun! Challenge your child - see who can get more done. Play music and act silly. Being disorganized is not something that deserves punishment - it is just a habit that needs to be corrected.

4. Resist the urge to organize the way you want. Everyone is different and for an organization strategy to “stick” it has to make sense to the person that was disorganized. So if your child wants his shoes kept near the door of his/her room rather than in the closet- so be it. Let go of your preconceived notions and see what your child can come up with. You may be surprised and if the organizing solutions make sense to your child they will be much more likely to maintain the space.

Happy organizing and mother/child bonding time!


Posted by Melissa of Multitasking Mama

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