Written by Dr. Patricia Gage
If you want to help your disorganized child, you may want to begin a conversation with something like this:
“I know I’ve been on your case a lot about being more organized. You’re getting older, and I want to see you more independent in getting your work done on your own and make it less stressful."
"I don’t want to nag you, and I certainly don’t want us to argue about it. Let’s get this year started on a good note by setting up an organization system that works for you. Do you have some ideas?"
"How about we start by having a meeting on Sunday nights to clean out and organize your binders?"
Refrain from being judgmental! Don’t start by saying, “This is such a mess!” That will put your child on the defensive, and you are certainly not going to help your child’s willingness to work with you and develop better organizational skills.
Yes, I admit it. I do get exasperated at times with my kids during study time!
Take a peek at Dr. Pat's Teen and Parenting School Guides. After heeding her simple suggestions, my kids have discovered what system works best for them, and I have even become more organized (and more composed) too:)
Making small but positive steps now will only help them greatly in the future.
Hang in there!