Do you ever feel like there’s not enough time in your day? You’ve just realized that you still haven’t accomplished all you set out to do today, and it’s time for bed? You must have a time management for kids.
Try to put yourself in your kids’ shoes. How can you expect your children to do the same if you can’t accomplish and prioritize your own daily tasks? Time management for kids is an acquired skill. To be better managing of your kid’s time, you must help them. To help our 12-yr-old daughter with time management, I have devised a way by dividing her main activities into five basic categories: chores, social activities, homework, bed time, and telephone.
How a time management for kids work? Chores and homework kind of go hand in hand. Every day they have to be accomplished. This year, our daughter started middle school, and every day she is exhausted when she gets home. To work right, I have a hard time putting her when she gets home. Her homework and chores had to be done before bedtime was our initial rule. That worked to a point, except that to get everything done, she was always underestimating how long it would take and until the last minute she’d save it all. Then we tried a different approach.
Every day, our daughter gets home at 2:30. Dinner’s at 6:00 and bed time is 9:00. Before and after dinner, that gives her approximately the same amount of free time. That one thing (homework and chores) has to be done before dinner, and after dinner for the other one. For us, so far this has worked very well. After school she has a little time to relax and over her own time she has a little control.
At our house, bedtime has always been a problem. Initially, we told our daughter that at 9:00 she had to go to her bedroom but she could stay awake as long as she like (listening to music, reading) as long as when the alarm went off she got herself up. For a couple of weeks this time management for kids worked and she started sleeping through her alarm. She will earn this privilege back as soon as she proves she can get up on her own again.
As long as they’re granted in moderation and also supervised by adults, social activities are great. Don’t spoil your kids by letting them go whenever they want and wherever they want, even if they have all their homework and chores done. Because the more time they spend with their friend, the more time they have to be influenced by who knows what kind of peer pressure. With their families the better, the more time kids spend at home. They will see them as a privilege and not something you owe them, when make social activities a privilege your children have to earn. Teach them to spend their time in more constructive ways like playing games with the family, writing, or reading.