As parents, you know that managing your time can be a bit of a juggling act. As you work to find balance in your life, don’t miss-out on the opportunity to help your kids learn to do the same. So here, few of the things you can do.
1. HELP YOUR CHILD PLAN
How can you manage their time if they aren’t thinking planned? Does this mean your kids need to be militant schedulers? Not really. Planning can be a very simple process. If your kids play outdoor games, they can keep track of their practice schedule. Kids can learn to be aware of things such as when they need to leave for school in the morning, when it’s time to do homework, when he/she can play, when is time to sit with family and have meals together. You can help them create a checklist to make planning easier.
2. TIME AWARENESS
Time management starts with time awareness. Help your Child to be aware of time by being their designated time-keeper. Give them a watch and ask them to keep time and plan in mind. You can help them by making time statements into your day. For example, instead of saying “It’s time for school, play or homework etc”, you could say “It’s 8:00, time for school or it’s 5:00 time to play etc.” You can help them get into the habit of keeping track as how long it takes to complete the tasks.
3. CREATE & SHARE CALENDARS
Nowadays technology has made our lives much easier. You can create and share a virtual calendar with your children, so that they can be aware of your schedule and make you aware of theirs. Include academic as well as extracurricular activities. This will help them to organize the plan on their own. For toddlers, little charts can be helpful.
4. HOME STUDY SPACE
Making study area can help them to stay organized and will save them time. Make some rules like “no food and drink” will help to make space clean and help reduce distraction. Allow them to take ownership of how they want to organize their space and clean up on a regular basis will help keep it from getting messy. The study space will soon become a place for focused learning.
5. SET A BEDTIME
According to researches, Kids need between 9 and 11 hours of sleep per day. So Set a bedtime and try to make your child sleep that time. A well-rested child will certainly be good at time management than a sleepy one. A regular bed-time can also help children to become more aware of their time.
6. LISTEN TO YOUR CHILD
Children also get stressed just like the rest of us. This can make it more difficult to get things correctly like homework done efficiently. If your child is struggling to focus, try listening to their problems and what is troubling them. Feeling heard can lessen the anxiety and help them be more focused and productive.
7. NO TECHNOLOGY
When we or our kids using techs at the time of bedtime then tech activates our brains which makes it harder to sleep. When we want to sleep, we want our brains to deactivate. So you should set a rule that at least one hour before bedtime we should put away all our techs down for better sleep.
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