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The ABC's of Organizing Kids: J is for Just Do It; or is it that easy?

Do you have plans that you never get around to accomplishing?  Do you have projects that never get done?  Well our children do also.

If we are honest with ourselves, we all have things that do not get accomplished, but for some of us the list significantly impedes our making progress where it really matters in our life.  Teaching our children to not only take responsibility, but follow through with their own plans and those they have committed to others should be our goal. 

It takes training and discipline these days to accomplish the quantity and variety of things that we need to.  We live in a world of distractions; from video and computer games to a voluminous set of choices everywhere we look.  Try picking out a new toothbrush in just a few minutes, choosing a meal quickly on the restaurant menu; choose a box of crackers at the grocery store.  It is not surprising that we get stifled day after day and become paralyzed in the process of getting things done.  This we demonstrate and pass along to our children. 

What we want to do is to pass along good processes and habits to our children so that they will be prepared for this hustle and bustle of a world we live in and not become stifled by what is coming at them.  How can we help this situation for ourselves and teach our children?  The process is simple but not easy if it is not a habit.  Review what needs to be done at the beginning of the week (you choose the day; it doesn't matter as long as you are consistent), decide what of those things are most important.  Then decide how best to integrate that into the calendar.  Do a quick review of this information each day to adjust as things get added and subtracted throughout the week.  This will help children be more realistic about what can be accomplished in a day, about preparation times, travel times, etc.  Teach them how to combine activities and trips to better utilize their time.  Do they need to make a trip to the store twice this week for school project supplies, when they already know that they have two projects coming up?  Would it be good to do the preparation for a dinner the night before when there is a school program in the evening and you will be short on time?  Teach them to break a task down to do parts of it over several days. This will keep it from being so much work on any particular day.  When there are many choices facing them, teach them to look for the important criteria to help make the decisions more quickly.  Teaching our children these strategies will allow them to face life with a different view and handle what comes at them with more success and a lot less stress.

posted on: 12/10/2007 9:00:00 AM by Rosanne Larkins
category: Family

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Rosanne Larkins, Defining Time & Space Professional Organizing, Helping people put peace into their life through simplifying things around them. Reduce stress through creating order, save money knowing what you have, save time knowing where to find things.

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