Helping your disorganized middle-schooler get organized
There are a lot of changes that go on in the life of the preteen and early adolescent. Middle school for one. Hormones for another. It can result in a tween who is pretty disorganized. Parents of course can be a big help, or not, says Julie Ross, author of How to Hug a Porcupine. “One of the things parent have to keep in mind when they’re working with a child who seems very disorganized is the things that they as parents might do that have a negative affect. Parents should avoid nagging, for one, and parents should avoid giving advice for the second. The reason we should avoid those things is because it really causes a reaction and a rebellion on the part of the child and is just going to make things worse.” Julie suggests parents make a pack with their middle- schooler. “Look, I’m not going to nag you anymore, I think you can do this on your own, I’ll check in at the end of the week and we’ll see how it’s going, and if you have a need to step in and give you some solution, I’m happy to do so.”
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