Organized Parenting Tips

• Avoid last minute shopping trips by either purchasing the next-size-up clothing little by little as you are out or by planning a big shopping trip a couple times per year.

• Teach your children how to care for themselves.  That’s our goal as parents anyway, isn’t it?  Take the time to teach them how to clean, do laundry, and cook.  It’s their responsibility as a member of the family to do their part.

• Try to set aside 15 minutes after returning home at the end of the day to play or talk with your children.  If you give them immediate attention, they are usually in a better mood the rest of the evening and not vying for your attention.

• Organize kids’ outdoor toys by keeping a large plastic container on your deck or in your garage.

• Avoid paper messes in teen’s rooms by purchasing a plastic, portable file box.  Make a category for each school subject and any areas of interest.

• Separate the toys in a child’s room by category.  For example, building toys, cuddling toys, art supplies, reading supplies, etc.

• Keep an extra, stocked diaper bag in your car(s) for babies and toddlers.  Restock it once a week.  You’ll avoid the last minute rush and being caught without supplies.

• Have a “shoe spot” near the door for your kids.  Teach them to use it as they enter.  Avoid last-minute searching.

• Buy each child a portable file box with a handle for their school papers and art work.  Teaching them to organize and file at an early age is a true gift.

Want to:
 Slow down and enjoy your home and children to the fullest?
 Be a more confident parent?
 Spend more quality time with your family?

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More Tips:
• Use cookie cutters to form fun food shapes.  Kids like colorful, fun foods.  It’s a great way to introduce new food items during meals.

• Keep a bag of small projects you can do while waiting on your kids’ practices.  Include letters to write, calls to make and things to read.

• Pre-pour sippy cups of juice and milk and place so kids can reach them in the fridge.  Store cheese slices, crackers, cut up fruits and cereals where kids can serve themselves.

• Keep a lidless hamper in each room where dirty clothes and linens accumulate.  Consider rolling hampers for kids so they can wheel them to the laundry room.

• Pack a bag of “on-the-go” toys and books for young kids.  Include special items for restaurant and shopping distractions.

• Have cassettes in the car for your children and CDs for the adults.  It’s easier to switch back and forth between music while driving.

• Use kid-friendly containers for milk, juice and snacks.  Store at a low level so kids can serve themselves.