my question is how can I help my ten yr old to be more organized and focused on tasks?
Being a good role model helps a lot - when you keep your things tidy and organized, then it is visible. Let your child know you expect it to do the same. Show the way at first, if needed - or start small (make your bed and pick up your clothes from the floor, for example) - but be consistent and firm with it. The work isn't done? Then there is a penalty (no TV until it's done, no playing outside, no desert, no snack ...) - something which the child is really looking forward to.
It might take a few weeks to get the ball going, and need reminders, but the investment is worth it.
Deidre - posted on 11/17/2009
I have a chart that each of my boys have to get their tasks done, room organized. My oldest sons' is laminated so he can use a dry erase marker to check things off as he gets it done. Then each night I erase it so he can do it all over again the next day.
Angela - posted on 11/17/2009
discipline, structure, consistancy and most importantly rewards for a job well done. try using a small white board in your kitchen to write down reminders. kids that have trouble focusing and organizing need lots of cues and reminders...they can't help it. also try having a certain day for cleaning up the bedroom...like Sundays and Thursdays. teaching them chores and rewarding them with an allowance works awesome for responsibility and they feel proud they made there own money. good luck
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