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Back To School: How To Teach Kids Time Management?

Back to school is coming and time management skills are key when it comes to school performance or even preparation for an adult life. So here's a guide on how to teach your kid to run time well and effectively.

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Back to school is smooth for kids if they have time management skills

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Time management skills are pivotal when it comes down to school performance, getting ready for college or an adult life.

So here are 6 things that can help your kid be more organized and successful at school or with home routines.

Set household routines. Just sit down with your kid, take a paper chart and pick any day for “Big home affairs”. Schedule some days for doing laundry, cleaning up or other home routine tasks. It helps develop their communication and planning skills, encourages them to meet deadlines, and teaches to be accountable and responsible and to keep routines manageable.

If time is free, it might be constructive. Managing time means planning, prioritizing, and evaluating it. Communicate the idea that if time is free it doesn’t mean it has to be spent for television or video games. They should spend time for outdoor activities or reading because it’s good for a physical and mental health. Do not force, it must be natural because, at college, where they’re left alone, they have to manage time well.

Let them schedule time on their own. Crack out a paper chart and hang it on the wall. Let a kid assign time for school, home routines, and activities. Help them follow this plan. At the end of the week, analyze the results together and let them know if their planning skills are good. Do it periodically till your kid acquires this schedule making skill.

By the way, if your kid has a project, again sit down and cut the elephant into pieces. Cut the project into small tasks and plan their execution day by day. It also teaches your minor not to be afraid of big projects but to see them as a total of small tasks.

A wall or an electronic calendar is a sheet anchor. A kid should follow upcoming projects as well as their completion, mark stages and final success. It’s enormously helpful because when they are adults they’ll have to use an agenda.

Let them face life’s musts. Every day people wake up and go for a work or to the office to run a business. It requires self-discipline. So not wake your kid up, do not remind (just a few times) that their clothes need to be prepared for school or sports training, etc.

Obviously, you do teach all these things from the very beginning. But then you have to loosen the reins. If they wake up late and are late for school, they face the consequences of not being disciplined, especially when the reason is his late watch of movies or chatting. Facing consequences is great in the educational process.

No excuses mindset is the best life lesson. After doing all these recommendations, you’ll probably get some insights about your kid’s behavior and attitude toward time management.

If your kid’s doing great with all those time management lessons, do not reward them on a constant basis. You’ll cultivate the understanding that time management skills are beneficial for others but not for themselves individually. Indeed, they need to realize that this is an integral part of their life.

If things are not so good with time management skills, pay attention they’re not making excuses. Excuses mean making something or somebody guilty for not being disciplined and organized. This trait may cause problems in an adult life.

Use the app to follow your kid’s performance success remotely.

Nowadays, parents shouldn’t deprive themselves of the benefits technology provides to educate their kids. Besides, the apps add some fun to the educational process. Also, they allow parents to run successfully 2 the most important projects of their life – parenthood and career.

Pick a scheduling app so you can follow your kid’s productivity remotely, set tasks, and guide them. For example, Kidgy app (kidgy.com) with its Scheduler feature allows parents to set tasks, see them to completions and, in the meantime, guide a kid giving tips, suggestions, etc. You may plan together and schedule events. Besides optimizing this schedule thing, the app serves as a parental control app helping limit the time for entertainment and release it for school, sleep or useful activities. Also, it limits or blocks the Internet surfing and apps on their phones or tablets. A parent adds URLs into a constraint list and a kid cannot hit unallowable sites. So if your kid’s watching clips on YouTube and oversleeps for school, it’s time to limit it or block for a certain time.

This way of planning helps get oriented in time and work volume and keep in touch with the kid constantly.

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