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springshine

Question:How do you teach children to be organized?

It seems like a good skill that will benefit them as adults.

Asked by springshine on 4/17/08 1 Answer»
oldgold

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"Children learn what they live" Repetition, re-inforcement, make it fun if you can (I tried the Dr. Spock approach with the first two, fourteen years later, with #3, Mary Poppins worked a lot better) and show them what is important by how you live your life. Some children seem to be naturally inclined to be neat and organized whereas others... Most important--always say "I love you" with a big smile at bedtime. That has been my experience, I"m surely not an expert. Hang in there, if it was easy, you would've gotten an answer sooner than 11 days.

Answered by: oldgold on 4/28/08
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