So, working in a school, I get to see all kinds of parents… The parent that walks in every day and has a hard time letting go, the parent that can’t be reached for anything that goes wrong, the parent that thinks their child is ALWAYS in the right, and so many more. It wasn’t until working at the school that I began to really evaluate what kind of parent I am, and how my actions may possibly affect how my kids are treated.
Your challenge this week is organizing toys and games in your childrens’ rooms, and around the house, so your kids can actually find and play with their toys, and you don’t trip over anything anymore.
For the past couple of weeks we’ve been working on all the areas of our kids’ rooms, starting with the closets, and then focusing on their bedrooms.
This week we’re finishing the focus on our children’s stuff, at least for a while, by focusing on the area that generally gives most parents (including me) the most trouble — toys, stuffed animals, games, puzzles, and other stuff we have for our kids to amuse themselves with.
The steps for this week should be done with your children, if they’re old enough to participate. They deserve to have their opinions listened to and considered in the process of decluttering and organizing their toys, although you, as a parent, also have quite a large stake in the process.
Are you new here? This challenge about how to organize toys and games is part of the 52 Week Home Organization Challenge. (Click the link to learn how to join us for free for future and past challenges if you aren’t already a regular reader).
Your challenge this week is organizing kids’ bedrooms. This week’s task is important not only so these rooms in your home are not an eye sore, but also so your kids can really use and enjoy their rooms to their fullest.
All of us want a space to call our own, and whether our children share a room, or have one all to themselves, somewhere in that room is most likely “their” space. This week our goal is to make that space both functional and fun to be in.
Just like with last week’s challenge the steps below may be something you do all on your own if you have very young children. However, if you have older children these steps really should be taken together with your child, because your kids need to be involved with organizing their own rooms.
Are you new here? This kids’ bedroom organizing challenge is part of the 52 Week Home Organization Challenge. (Click the link to learn how to join us for free for future and past challenges if you aren’t already a regular reader).
Your challenge this week is to take steps toward decluttering and organizing closet space for your kids’ clothes and possessions. Organizing kids’ closets so they can find the things they need quickly and easily is important both for children too young to do it themselves, and for your older kids that need to learn some organization skills of their own.
Of course, exactly what you need to do differs depending on how old your kids are. Plus, if you have several children like me (I have three) than you may not be able to get all these closets organized in one week. That’s no problem, just go at your own pace for the little ones’ closets and get your older children to pitch in for their own.
Are you new here? This challenge about organizing closet space for your kids is part of the 52 Week Home Organization Challenge. (Click the link to learn how to join us for free for future and past challenges if you aren’t already a regular reader).
Have you ever wanted to know what happened at school, but can’t seem to find the right questions to ask to get the conversation going with your child? Here are some questions that will get the conversation going…
Going Beyond “How was your day?”
How To Have A Meaningful Conversation With Your Child
Questions to ask your child after school to get a meaningful conversation started:
- What was the best thing that happened at school today?
- What was the worst thing that happened at school today?
- What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
- Tell me something that made you laugh today.
- Tell me about what you read in class today.
- If you could choose, who would you like to spend more time with at school? Why?
- What’s the biggest difference between this year and last year?
- Who did you sit by at lunch? What did you talk about?
- Show me something you learned today?
- What part of the school day is your favorite?
- Tell me the names of 3 special people at school.
- What was the most interesting or funny thing that your teacher said today?
- What class rules does your teacher say are important?
- Tell me one interesting fact about your teacher.
- What’s your favorite time of day at school?
- What are you looking forward to at school tomorrow?
- Did you get frustrated with anything at school today?
- Were you able to finish all of your work today?
- Tell me about a new word you learned at school.
- If I called your teacher tonight, what would she/he tell me about you?
I hope this helps you have a meaningful conversation with your child. I know how hard it can be to get little people to start talking about their day at school… With these questions at your side, this should get the conversation going a LOT faster.