Family Communication - Talk to Your Kids

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Tips to Help Your Kids Stay Organized

A great way to help your children feel like their lives are orderly and well-balanced is to establish a routine in your home. If you and your children agree on their schedule for the day, you will not need to re-negotiate or have conflict about these decisions. Children thrive in an environment where they understand what is expected of them and when they are praised for succeeding.

  • Have a consistent routine every day.
  • Make a schedule and follow it.
  • Designate specific time for homework, outdoor playtime, and indoor time to relax, play music and games.
  • Limit TV, computer, and phone use.
  • Keep everyday items organized at all times.
  • Create places where school materials are to be kept.
  • Keep track of homework assignments and textbooks.
  • Regularly update a calendar of school deadlines and events.
  • Stay clear and consistent.
  • Give praise and rewards when child follows the rules and accomplishes goals.
  • Listen to your child when they talk.
  • Set time aside some time to chat when your child may have your undivided attention. Turn off the television, turn off your cell phone, turn off the computer.
  • Be available for your child and be sure they know you are listening.
  • Encourage them to talk while playing a game, eating dinner or riding in the car.
  • If your children watch TV, watch with them and discuss what you are watching.
  • Ask your children about tobacco and alcohol.
  • Share your experiences and create a non-judgmental environment.
  • Talk openly to your children about the Facts of Life.
  • Encourage respect and non-violent behavior at home and at school.
  • Discuss how to handle difficult situations at school.
  • Offer to help them find solutions when they have problems.
  • Tell your child that you will help them whenever they need it.