Kids and Time Management
“Wake up, it is already late!” “You will be late for school”, “finish your food fast”, “stop daydreaming”. Sounds familiar, right? Don’t you as a parent feel like you are constantly telling your kids to keep track of time? But, have faith, teaching time management to kids is not so difficult. Here are a few fun and easy tips to help you kids learn time management.
- Start early with time:Kids learn habits best when they learn them young. Teach them how to tell time, understand the difference between hours, minutes and seconds so that they understand the concept of time. Set timers or countdowns for doing simple age-appropriate chores such as colouring a page or picking up their blocks.
- Teach them the value of time:Just teaching them how to tell time will not help your cause if they do not learn to measure time. Set different deadlines for different tasks depending on the time needed to complete them. Patiently demonstrate how a task can be completed quickly and efficiently within a given time frame. For e.g. putting on shoes should not take an hour, while cleaning the cupboard can take an hour or more.
- Colourful ‘Do-it-yourself’ calendars:Kids learn things best when they are taught in a fun manner. Create colourful task calendars for kids. Calendars can list daily and weekly tasks which the kids tick off once done. New temporary tasks can be added in the calendar in addition to the regular ones. If it’s difficult to create a calendar you could print one off the internet as well.
- Help them plan their day:Young kids do not understand time and do not understand long term goals. You should start them off with planning one day at a time. Regularity in tasks and fixed timings, turn tasks into habits. Eventually, the same principles can be applied to weekly or monthly tasks.
- Fix an easy daily routine:Set fixed 8 hours sleeping pattern, designated study hours, specific electronic use time and regular mealtimes. This will help the kids to complete their tasks on time, spend quality time with family. Completing daily tasks on time, leaves them with a lot of leisure time and avoids the parent having to nag them over time management.
- Don’t Overschedule a child’s timetable– When children have too many things to do, or classes to attend, they often start lagging behind due to the lack of leisure and play-time. Try to avoid adding too many things to a child’s day and always make sure they have enough time for free play.
- Appreciate them– Always appreciate children for being on time and completing tasks on their calendar.
Be a child’s gentle guide and encourage them to understand the importance of time and soon you’ll have child who appreciates time management.