It is important that we teach our children how to preserve their belongings, especially when they are in public places. Often we end up taking care of their belongings and forget to instill the sense of responsibility in our young ones. By helping young children learn how to look after their belongings, it helps to inculcate a sense of responsibility in them which comes of use in the future.
Items they use
You need to look at the things that you usually carry with your children during usual outings. When your children are five years or older, they are capable of carrying a small backpack by themselves. If you are taking them to school or to a recreational class, you can help them pack the things they need in a small backpack that they can carry. While in school most items are organized with labels for kids you could get similar labels done for other items like swimming pool gear that your child uses in a pool class and so forth. This helps to ensure that items will not be easily lost and can be located easily. At the same time, teach your children to pack in the items they take out or use and carry them back home every time.
When they forget?
Children tend to forget to get back the items they carry to school as well as to other places. To ensure easy identification you can use name stickers on the different items your child uses. At the same time, ensure that you are firm with them when they have forgotten to get back a belonging. This will help them understand the importance of looking after their belongings.
Reward them for good behavior
If you are being firm with your children when they forget or lose items in school, in playground areas or other places, you need to also reward them for their good behavior. For instance, when you find your child coming back with all books and stationery items intact from school, it is important to let them know that they are doing a good deed. Everyday behavior that is right should be recognized and encouraged as well as putting down undesirable behavioral trends. In such ways children at an early age develop habits that are good. This in turn helps them inculcate habits that help them in life later on. Everyday behavior needs to be noted and recognized so that children are able to differentiate between desirable and undesirable behavior. Parents have a vital role in this.