Getting Organized - Week Two Spring Break!

Second week of NO School! Want to start this next one with a bit of organization?

Is your house suffering from a bit of chaos or restless energy?  Or a  lot of whining due to boredom or you just too stressed out with all that you have to do.  So let me give you some organizing tips and ideas that will be a sure win, win for you and your kids to enjoy the last few days of freedom.

  1.  Make a simple schedule for each day.  Include a fun activity, quiet time along with a chore that way you won’t feel like you’re just an entertainment source.
  2. Get your kids involved by asking for their suggestions and ideas of what they’d like to do and you be the decision maker on what will realistically happen.
  3. Go over the schedule with your kids so they know what to expect each day otherwise they’ll take over and run you off schedule.
  4. Don’t be afraid to say no that way you can stay on task and get more accomplished.  They’ll see that by the end of the day.
  5. Prepare outfits, meals, snacks for the events of the following day.  Remember keep things simple.  Kids can do with a lot less…it’s sometimes the parents that feel the need to bring the entire house for outings.
  6. Give yourself enough time in the mornings so there’s no rushing and you can attend to any unexpected mishaps.
  7. In order for kids to appreciate everything you’ve done for them a fun activity is to get them notebooks ahead of time so they can write their thoughts down at the end of each day and share what they enjoyed the most.

As a single parent the acronym K.I.S.S. – “Keep it Simple Silly” has been a rule I use in my house with my kids quite often.  It allows me not to feel as if I have to do it all which lessens the stress and disappointment and to be honest it helps me not lose my mind!  We can enjoy a day that has been busy yet not too crazy by keeping it simply organized!

Written by Elizabeth Henry

This was reposted from:  http://murrietamommas.com/  

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