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ORGANISING YOUR CHILD'S STUDY SPACE If at all possible, a school-going child should have a desk in their bedroom so that they have a clearly zoned area for schoolwork. BUT, this desk should be as organised as you would want your office desk to be, because ultimately, a disorganised desk could lead to untidy and disorganised schoolwork. To achieve an organised desk, try following these easy steps: Ask your child how they like to use their desk. Where do they like their pens and art supplies to be? Consider the placement of items for the desk in relation to whether your child is right or left-handed. Do they have lots of paper to store? Do you keep art supplies 'stock' in your child's room? Can the desk be used to store toys as well, without them interfering with the function of the space? Consider which organisational products are available that could help organise the space. Remember to measure the space you have available BEFORE purchasing as you may find that certain items are too large or small for the space. Think out of the box - can you use space under the desk if it doesn't have drawers? Can you place shelves on the wall for books to get them off the desk? Can you use notice boards to give a 'zone' for school notices and your child's artwork? Once you have everything you need, divide the items for the desk into zones, e.g. stationery, paper, books, toys, CDs etc. Place these in the zones you have identified and pack away into the products that are going to keep it all tidy. LABEL the folders, trays and whatever else you have bought so that YOUR CHILD knows what goes where and therefore can tidy up after themselves!

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TEACH YOUR KIDS TO TIDY UP

Following on from the concept of teaching your children to be responsible for their school activities and homework, I also think children need to be taught how to tidy up. Here are a few tips:

Break it down into small steps . My son actually brought this tip to my attention because I would rattle off a set of instructions and he would forget the first thing I said and only do the last! Instead of saying “tidy up that desk”, you could ask your child to put all the books away first - then all the pens away – then the crayons, and so on. When your child completes one task, give them a ‘high 5'. Boosting their confidence will probably motivate them to carry on. Think of ways to make tidying up fun. For example, my son loves toy cars so perhaps he could drive them into the box whereas my daughter just loves music. So for her, I often tell her to put music on whilst she is doing something. BUT, the only problem with making it fun, is that sometimes it makes my children play with the stuff instead of putting it away – so you'll have to keep your eye on that! Encourage children to do every day tasks around the house , such as washing the dishes or cleaning the bath after they have used it. I think that because most families in South Africa have the luxury of a domestic worker, children take a clean and tidy house for granted. They seldom see the cleaning happening, and are unlikely to participate in the cleaning either. (The exception is perhaps the child in boarding school, who has to be responsible for their things and space.) By teaching your child how to clean and encouraging them to do certain tasks around the house, they will be less likely to mess it up because they know what it takes to keep a space clean. Lead by example. It stands to reason that if you don't tidy up after yourself, your child will do the same. So don't be confused when they don't listen to you. Fortunately behavior and habits can be unlearnt, so as the parent, you will have to take the lead. For example, start putting the dishes away after dinner and include your child in the activity. If you see it as an opportunity to spend time together, it won't seem like a chore but rather, a time to converse and catch up on the day's activities. Introduce simple systems for your children , ones that they can manage themselves. For example, if your child has lots of toy animals, get a box for these and label it (with a picture if the child doesn't read yet). Teach your child to put the toy animals back in that box each time. Do the same for other toys in the room (and even paper and drawings). This way you AND your child know where the items go and your child can be responsible for these. Remember: If your systems are too complicated, your children will get overwhelmed and not keep to it. To avoid any confusion, spend time with your child explaining how to use their things and why it is important to put them away.

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September
2009
Newsletter
 
 


PUT
THAT
SPRING
BACK
IN
YOUR
STEP

 After
a
cold
winter,
we
are
all
looking
forward
to
warmer
weather
so
that
we
can
shed
the
layers
 of
clothes
and
coats,
and
get
ready
for
the
bikini
weather.
Spring
is
in
the
air
and
it
feels
awesome.
 But
with
the
change
in
weather,
should
come
the
desire
to
spring
clean
and
organize
ourselves
but
 for
some,
this
is
easier
said
than
done.
As
such,
I
would
like
to
give
you
some
tips
for
spring
 cleaning
that
should
put
the
proverbial
‘spring’
right
back
into
your
step.

 
 1. Write
down
on
separate
pieces
of
paper
a
list
of
all
the
things
you
need
to
do
in
the
 home/office
that
would
go
a
long
way
to
making
you
feel
better
about
that
space.
This
could
 be
admin
and
filing
that
has
accumulated
and
really
needs
to
be
sorted
before
the
taxman
 comes
for
you,
or
it
could
be
your
dining
room
that
has
become
the
family’s
dumping
ground
 (you
know
you
have
a
table
but
you
haven’t
seen
it
in
a
while).
 
 2. Write
down
a
schedule
for
the
tasks
so
that
you
don’t
get
over‐whelmed
and
abandon
ship
 before
you’ve
even
begun.
Even
if
you
only
do
the
assigned
task
for
one
hour
a
day,
you’ll
be
 amazed
at
the
difference
it
makes.
 Monday:
De‐cluttering
&
placing
items
into
piles
so
you
can
deal
with
them.
 Tuesday:
You
have
undoubtedly
awoken
the
dust
mites
so
start
dusting,
vacuuming
and
wiping
 (inside
and
on
top).

 Wednesday
&
Thursday:

Organise
through
the
items
in
those
piles.
 Friday:
Rearrange
the
items
you’ve
sorted
through.
 Saturday:
Wash
and
launder
where
you
can.
 Sunday:
Decorate
(and
buy
yourself
a
bunch
of
flowers
for
the
effort).
 
 3. When
you
are
going
through
the
scheduled
tasks
(which
you
can
adjust
to
fit
a
week‐end),
do
 whatever
it
takes
to
stay
motivated.
If
you
love
music,
play
it
load
and
dance
around
if
you
 want.
It
is
spring;
you’re
allowed
to
misbehave
a
bit!
 


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4. Don’t
hold
on
to
things
you
know
you
will
not
need.
You
haven’t
looked
at
it
since
you
were
 given
it
for
your
21st
birthday
and
you
don’t
actually
like
it,
so
donate
it
to
someone
who
may.
 If
there
are
items
to
throw
away,
please
consider
recycling.
Find
out
where
the
nearest
 recycling
depot
is
before
you
start
and
dump
it
as
soon
as
you’re
done
otherwise
things
may
 find
their
way
back
into
the
space.
 5. Prepare
for
your
spring
clean
before
you
begin.

As
with
any
task,
there
are
‘tools’
that
are
 required.
Make
sure
before
you
begin
that
you
have
rubbish
bags,
cleaning
supplies
and
you
 have
an
idea
of
who
you
can
donate
items
to.
Have
empty
boxes
available
or
even
containers
 that
you
can
use
for
dividing
items
up
in
cupboards
and
drawers.
If
you
don’t
have
what
you
 need,
you
may
get
seriously
frustrated
and
decide
to
throw
in
the
towel.
 
 6. Label,
label
and
label
some
more!

This
sounds
so
ridiculous
but
I
cannot
stress
enough
how
 much
it
helps
when
you
know
just
by
looking
at
the
container
what
is
in
it.

 
 7. Think
out
of
the
box
about
the
layout
of
your
spaces.
Consider
your
options.
The
best
thing
 about
spring‐cleaning
is
that
you
can
move
things
around
and
try
new
configurations.
You
can
 always
put
it
back
where
it
was
if
it
truly
doesn’t
work.
 
 8. Arrange
for
a
bragging
session.
Before
you
start
on
your
spring
clean,
consider
arranging
a
 dinner
with
good
friends
for
afterwards.
This
could
be
another
motivation
for
you
–
you
can’t
 go
backwards
because
you’ve
invited
everyone
round
for
a
brag
session.
 
 9. Open
the
windows
and
smell
the
fresh
air.
No
explanation
required!
 
 10. Spread
the
word.
If
you
have
a
friend
you
think
might
benefit
from
this
advice,
don’t
hold
on
 to
it.
We
all
need
to
get
the
spring
back
into
our
step.
 
 These
spring‐cleaning
tips
were
brought
to
you
by
NEAT
FREAK,
the
home
of
budding
neat
freaks
 everywhere.
 
 Go
to
www.neatfreak.co.za
for
more
information
and
tips
and
email
Isabelle
if
you
have
any
 questions
that
need
some
answers:
neatfreak@telkomsa.net

 
 
 Mother
City
Mom
is
an
online
directory,
go
to:
www.mothercitymom.co.za

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HOME
BUSINESS
 Magazine
 
 Dec
2009
–
Feb
2010
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2010
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 Feb
2010
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