Most children by their very nature tend to bring a little chaos with them wherever they go. As a parent, you can teach your children how to organize that chaos and produce results by breaking down tasks into a 1-2-3 step process. To get started, introduce the 1-2-3 method and help your child practice it in daily life.
Step One: Think it Through and Jot It Down
This important first step is all about getting ready and helping your child think through what he needs to get the job done. This may require a parents’ help in writing down a list of steps for the child to follow to accomplish the goal. Have your child gather all of the supplies they need—checking off each item as it is completed. Your child will become more confident and motivated as he sees the progress.
Step Two: Keep Your Eye On the Prize
Whether it is homework, making a bed, or picking up toys, your child will always have more fun things vying for his attention. Explain that completing some tasks in life is tough, even for you as a parent. Give them an example and let them know that making the right choice will always pay off in the end.
Step Three: Take It to the Finish Line
Taking a task to the very end is the vital key to successfully training your child to build a life skill that will help them in a positive way on the journey ahead. You reinforce their independence and encourage them to accept a certain level of responsibility. Kids learn that others will set expectations and that they can meet them.
When you take the time to teach your child the importance of being organized, you send them a strong message that will affect how they approach tasks for a lifetime. It is also important for you to let your child attempt the tasks, even if he is struggling and requires help or guidance. This independence will help him learn to be responsible as he grows. Your child will learn that others will set expectations and they will have the confidence to meet them!
As you begin to take these steps in parenting, be sure to use a gentle tone and have patience with your child. By following this simple 1-2-3 process, you will be able to help your child break down challenging tasks into manageable parts and sets the stage for a purpose-driven and productive life!