Every child has their absent-minded moments and it’s understandable that every once in a while, you’ll be searching through the lost property box or hunting for a missing school shoe at the eleventh hour. However, if you find yourself doing these things – and replacing things – more often than you would like to, it may be time to introduce your little ones to some new organisational skills.
Before you start worrying about your child’s forgetfulness, take these words to heart:
“It’s perfectly normal and common for six- and seven-year-olds to lose things,” child psychologist Cheryl Gilbert Mac Leod explains in an interview with todaysparent.com.
“Kids this age tend to be focused on lots of things, and their goals are still very ‘me-oriented.’ When they’re running out the door to play at the end of the day, remembering to put their water bottles in their bags isn’t always a priority.”
Here are three simple ways to teach your little ones how to keep track of their belongings:
- Label everything
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- A name and place for everything
“A place for everything and everything in its place” is a time-honoured technique for keeping the house tidy and minimising the risk of losing belongings. Identify a place where it makes most sense for your children to stash their school bags, shoes, stationery and sports togs when they get home from school. Then put up a wall hook or set aside a special drawer, shelf or basket for these items. Once your kids know where to put their belongings for safekeeping, they will also know where to look for them when they’re getting ready for school.
- Rewards and consequences
It’s important to teach your children how to take responsibility for their belongings – but it is also vital that you do so gently. For instance, next time your little one loses his or her school jersey, you could ask for a small amount of pocket money to go towards the cost of replacing it. On the other hand, offer rewards for good behaviour too!
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