Are you constantly asking your child to hurry up? Maybe you are asking your child why they haven’t done something you asked them to do ten times. Time management is something not all adults have even mastered,but it’s never too early or too late to help your child in this area.
Check out these 5 ways to teach time management to your child.
#1. Teach them how to focus
A lot of times children do not know how to focus, therefore they can’t complete a task on time. Find out what environment helps your child focus and which one doesn’t. Believe it or not, but some children learn better with music playing in the background, others can focus better when there is complete silence. A structured household with set routine and limited stimuli will help keep their attention on the task at hand. Watch for clues for how your child responds to different stimulus such as getting overly excited or withdrawing to avoid overloading the senses.
#2. Show them how to prioritize
In life, your child will learn that tasks can build up rather quickly. There will come a point when your child needs to choose a task over another and prioritize those tasks in order of importance. This is a great opportunity to teach a child what happens when you procrastinate and do not complete a task in a timely manner. The best way to teach them prioritizing is to model the behaviors you want and lead by example.
#3. Show the importance of scheduling
Adults often overbook themselves because they do not have everything written down on a schedule. Use the convenience of scheduling to help your child learn time management. When they pull out a calendar (online or off) they can see what they have going on that day. This is a skill that will carry over well into adulthood.
#4. Teach self-discipline
A lot of time management is learning to be self disciplined and self motivated. Some children naturally have the tendency to be a little more disciplined, but others do not. Talking to your child about self discipline and having clear expectations and structure in the household are a great start. Giving praise for appropriate behaviors and showing initiative will encourage children to continue those behaviors. Having logical consequences for bad behaviors and letting natural consequences play out will help them learn appropriate decisions making. Avoid power struggles and again, be a role model for your children.
#5. Teach about self care
Being able to take care of the tasks around us, starts with self care. Talk to your child about the value of exercise, eating healthy and getting enough sleep. For example, it is hard to get up in morning when we are tired, thereby increasing the chance of arriving late. When someone takes care of themselves, they are more reliable and able to complete the tasks they’ve promised.
Thank you to Jess Weaver for sharing her knowledge in this post!