Tips for teaching your child time management skills
Read these time management tips to learn how to help your child stay on track and motivated throughout the school year.
All parents want their children to excel in their academics. However, parents also want their children to have time for the fun activities that allow them just to be kids.
It’s important for children to learn to achieve a balance between schoolwork and fun activities. It will be useful as they advance through school and prepare for future careers.
Follow these time management tips to help get your child on a path to success:
Teach priorities with the A-B-C system
The A-B-C system of time management is a great way to teach your kids about prioritization. This system involves making a master list of tasks, assignments and projects that need to be completed and organizing them by order of importance. Once you and your child have made a list, the next step is to label each task as an "A," "B" or "C" priority.
"A" priorities are the most important tasks that need to be done. "B" priorities aren’t as critical, but they soon will become "A" priorities. Finally, "C" priorities are all other tasks that need to get done.
For example, your child might be assigned a project that’s due at the end of the semester. While initially this would qualify as a "B" priority, as the due date approaches, the project will move up to "A" level. Therefore, it’s important that your child work on the project incrementally throughout the semester, once any "A" tasks have been completed.
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You should stress the importance of working on the "A" priorities first. Even if the "B" and "C" priorities will take less time to complete, your children should avoid the temptation to do them first. You should also remind them to track the time it takes to complete each task so they can plan better for similar projects in the future.
Include free time
Teaching your child the importance of making a schedule and sticking to it is important. However, part of that schedule should include free time to take a break.
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By incorporating breaks into the routine, you can help your child learn that time management isn't just about going from one structured activity to the next. Great time management also means you have moments to play and relax.
Create a family calendar
Get the whole family involved in your child’s education. Family calendars are key for managing each household member’s schedule. Family calendars are especially helpful for tracking doctor appointments, due dates for school projects, sports practices and other activities. The whole family should be involved in creating one document that keeps all of you on track.
Drafting your family schedule doesn’t have to be a professional process. Banner paper is a simple template you can use to create your calendar. You should color code your calendar so that each person’s schedule can be differentiated.
This activity helps children see an entire month’s worth of activities in one place so they can begin to understand what goes into keeping your family on schedule. You can use your planning activity as a way of spending quality family time together.