PEATC is excited to host a guest blogger this month! Avian Mills, Organizational Design Specialist, CEO of Closets & Kids will also join us on October 20th at 11am for a live webinar entitled Organization, Rewards, and Success! Registration for our upcoming event can be found here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/513361862/success?user_id=vcaSP6JlQV-SUpjSE4n5bA
We hope you enjoy her blog post!
Typically, you wouldn’t open a puzzle and just start jamming pieces together. You take out all the pieces, lay them out so you can familiarize yourself with them, and you may even organize them in like groups to make it that much easier to complete. You spend time looking at the pieces to see how they fit with others and you try some combinations here and there until things start fitting into place. Gradually, you start to see the big picture, and then those last few pieces fit in effortlessly. You feel accomplished and proud.
I say all of that to help paint a picture of how the journey to organization should look and feel for us from childhood into adulthood. Unfortunately, though, we are approaching the development of organizational skills in more of a “jamming it together” type of fashion. As a result, we are drowning from day to day in our own physical and mental STUFF.
Organization or the lack there of, is responsible for about 75% of a human’s higher level thinking processes. So about 8 times out of 10, if you’re stressed, it’s because of disorganization in some realm of your life. The problem is that in the midst of all of that busy that we have going on, we are not equipping our children with solid introductory organizational skills. There are three major factors that contribute to strong organizational skills that we are only grazing over in the development of our little kiddies today. The “Organize, Reward, Success!” webinar, is going to help to put this issue into perspective and provide some tips to change the course of your child’s relationship with organization. These tips will get you started:
- Be intentional. There are so many chances for a parent or educator to practice the basics of organization and cleaning with their children. Intentional seizing those opportunities needs to start early and needs to be of quality. When you are practicing organizing basics as much as we are reading to them, things will become normal and effortless for them.
- Be consistent. For children, things stick when they can count on them being there. For example, if you and your little one washed dishes together today, but didn’t do it again for three months due to “not having enough time” to allow them to do it on their level of skill, then the child will not relate to it as being a routine activity. That becomes a part of how the relationship will always be viewed. Thus creating inconsistency in their want to complete the task as an adult. Being consistent also gives them the opportunity to practice and get better at doing it, and even like it.
- Be creative! Children are naturally learning when they are playing and having fun. Studies have shown that this type of learning helps children to make the things they learn more concrete. It’s important to creatively engage your little ones when doing things like cleaning their room. Instead of just picking up toys, maybe you are both pirates trying to find treasure for your treasure chest. We have to capitalize on the short time when things like this will keep them interested.
Giving children their figurative “organizational skills puzzle pieces” early in life, they will be so familiar with the pieces that they can throw them together in their sleep. It is time to stop jamming the pieces together, and actually allow our little ones to build a strong organizational skills foundation by familiarizing them with the pieces first. I hope this helps you to get off on the right foot!
Avian Mills, Closets & Kids