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Tips for messy parents who don't want to set an example for their kids

Tips for messy parents who don't want to set an example for their kids


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Saint Teresa of Calcutta said: 'The word convinces, but the example draws'. If we apply this quote to our goal as parents, we must become an example of behavior and attitude for our children. However, it is inevitable to have some flaws. I, I confess, I am somewhat messy.

How can I require children to always have their room posted if my bedroom is a mess? Therefore, these are some of the tips that I am applying at home (or at least I am trying) and that will serve for all those disorderly parents who do not want to set that example for their children.

When you are the first to leave everything in the middle, there are certain changes and routines that you should change at home.

1. Instill the habit of order in your children
Just because you're messy doesn't mean your kids have to be, does it? Therefore, you must instill in them certain habits of order from childhood. As you teach them that they have to put everything in its place, you will gradually raise your awareness.

2. Think about your furniture, according to your needs
When it comes to decorating the house we always look for the most beautiful furniture, but in the case of disorderly parents the best we can do is choose the most practical furniture. For example, if your children share a room, buy a bunk bed instead of two beds. In this way, you will have more space to place drawers and shelves where you have everything in order.

3. Establish a 'nothing on the table' policy
Try not to leave anything on the tables or countertops in the house to have a more sense of order. It is easy to accumulate and accumulate things on the furniture because it is the most comfortable, but you should avoid it at all costs.

4. When you finish each task, collect
Separate each of the tasks you have to do: change your baby's diaper, prepare food, do homework with your child ... And each time you finish each one of them, collect everything you have used. Even if you are in a hurry, get in the habit of leaving everything in place before continuing with the next thing. If, in addition, you manage to involve your children, you will not have them running around or messing you up with something else.

5. The basket of chaos
If we're realistic, there will be critical moments in family life when the last thing you can do is put everything back in its place. Hence, the need to have a basket of chaos at home. This name sounds a bit catastrophic, but the truth is that it can save you from more than one.

As the important thing is to be orderly, but also to seem so, in this basket or box you can put everything that you do not have time to put: the clothes that you have just taken from your baby, the deck of cards with which you have been playing , the colored pencils ... As soon as you have a moment, you can return to your basket of chaos to put everything that has been accumulating. Of course, try not to get too full.

6. Everything has its place
Each object should have a place at home: children's books, on the shelves below; the colonies, in the upper ones; the wipes, in the first drawer of the changing tableā€¦ The whole family should know where everything goes to put it back in its place each time it is used. In the most extreme cases of messy parents, sticky notes can be put on objects marking where they should be placed. Every time you see it out of place, the label will catch your eye and you will have to put it in its place.

7. Boxes are your best ally
Put several boxes in your life. All your clutter will be a bit more under control when you put it in a box; Or, at least, it will not be so visible. The boxes are the best allies for all of us who find it difficult to get away from chaos, and they are even more essential in the smallest houses. Label them with what they contain to know what is inside without having to open them.

The boxes can be everywhere, on the floor (be careful if you decide to stack several because they could fall on your child), on the shelves, inside the closet ... They will allow you to create compartments in your drawers so that things do not get lost in its interior.

8. Toilet paper rolls help too
Almost as useful as boxes are the round cardboard rolls left when the toilet paper runs out. These can be used to divide the drawers into different compartments and keep them in order. For example, you can use them to store your child's underpants separately, but you can also use them so that the crayons do not get mixed with the markers in the drawers, for example.

9. Find your own method to be ordered
No, you don't have to listen to all the above tricks. Although they can be very useful to keep order at home, they may not work in your home. The key is to find your own way to escape the chaos in your home.

Good luck ... and cheer up!

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