Why Would Kids Need Time-Management Skills?
After all, they’re just kids, right? Well, yes. But just like adults, children have their own things going on. School, sports, after-school clubs and activities, chores, and even jobs for older kids. That doesn’t even include time to relax and socialize with friends, which is important to work into each day. So, how do busy kids fit in a day of school, softball practice, the school environmental club, homework and studying, after-dinner dish duties, and maybe an hour of Netflix or gaming with friends online? Time management.
Now, you might be wondering: “How can I teach my school-aged child this type of skill that many adults haven’t even mastered yet?” Well, it may be a lot easier than you think.
Start with a Schedule
Just like working adults, school-aged children need a schedule not only for accountability, but also for stability.
· Start small and make it fun: print out a monthly calendar, then have your child color the calendar so they feel a sense of ownership over it; they will feel more invested. Pinterest has plenty of interesting printable calendars.
· Second, input all specific due dates for projects and activities.
· Lastly, keep your child’s calendar visible. Ask yourself: “Can my child see this on a daily basis without having to try hard to find it?”
· For older kids or those who are more technologically inclined, there are plenty of calendar and scheduling apps they can download on their phones or tablets. This can be especially helpful since most of the apps provide reminders and notifications that let you know when it’s time to move onto the next task or activity.