One of the sixteen traits of students who earn full ride scholarships to college is being highly organized. As high school seniors, it’s obvious in everything they do. You might wonder how they picked up these skills. It started when they were little. They learned them from their parents.
Parents who display organizational skills in their daily lives are modeling this essential behavior for their children. Students develop the trait themselves while they progress through school. A little organization goes a long way to keep on top of things and avoid stress. This is especially true when setting up appointments.
Have you ever wondered why you bump into teachers at the optometrist or dentist during the month of August? Teachers know the school year is a busy time, so they make annual medical and dental check-up appointments the month before school begins. This is what I did each year until I retired. Then, since I no longer had the start of school as a reminder, I made all such appointments during the month of my birth. I’m not likely to forget my birthday.
Any time I have a recurring appointment, like when my daughter wore braces and needed them adjusted regularly, or when I have my hair cut, I make the follow up appointment before I pay. I take out my planner and make the appointment even before I remove my credit card. This way I don’t have to worry about remembering to call, and I get a time that fits into my schedule.
Habits like being organized are picked up by children simply by watching their parents. If you want your child to do well in school, model skills you know they will need. Being organized is an important one.
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