Family Communication - Talk to Your Kids
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.