Dads have had years of experience to hone their organizational skills—or at least hire the services of an alert assistant to help keep matters on schedule as the day progresses. Your child obviously has neither of these working to their advantage, so a bit of gentle nudging and guiding is necessary. How you apply the lessons you learned to your kid, however, will greatly impact them.
You can start by partitioning each organizational challenge into smaller, immediately achievable chunks. Reinforcing it by working with your kid to establish a routine—your child’s ability to become more organized is improved when the potential for potentially disorienting distractions are minimized.
Starting an argument or criticizing your child for not following through with the schedule you’ve both worked on will not work out well for you both in the long run. Set a good example by patiently showing her what needs to be done for her to further develop her organizational skills—give your child a big hug and let her know how much you’re delighted with her whenever she takes a step in the right direction.
Moreover, you shouldn’t wait for her to make a misstep and urge her to get her act together with unfair comparisons or chastising comments. Continually voice your support for her instead while encouraging her to plan ahead until she is accustomed to organizing to the best of her abilities.
You should also do your part to mitigate the chaos of her surroundings. Start by tidying up her room with your help. As long as her workspace and bedroom aren’t cluttered, she’ll be able to organize her bedroom far more easily in addition to getting better at preparing what she needs to bring to school.
Finally, being a lot more involved with how she organizes herself and everything around her from the moment she wakes to the time you bring her and pick her up from school. Write down reminders that she will be able to conveniently notice or text it to her at a time when she can read it whenever you can. You should also share tasks you both enjoy with in order for her to further broaden her organizational skills.