Teaching Kids Time Management | Part 5

Teaching Kids Time Management | Part 5

Jan 27

The Series Wrap Up

As we wrap up this week discussing training children in time management, there are two important facts to remember.  In order to be consistent, time management training is something that both parents need to be on the same page with.   This means that there needs to be discussion time or a parental staff meeting as you begin to decide on and implement a plan.

The second is that if we as parents are consistent with our plan, rewards and consequences the choice to follow the plan is placed on our child’s shoulders.  If we are not consistent then we the parents become the consequence.  With the plan clearly communicated to our child and consistently enforced it is easy to show the child that they are ultimately choosing the reward or the consequence by their behavior.  It removes us from the equation and allows us to be the unemotional enforcers of our plan. Both of these facts are true in many areas of parenting and remind us how important it is to have a plan in place.

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Teaching Kids Time Management | Part 4

Teaching Kids Time Management | Part 4

Jan 26

Giving Your Child Control Over Their Time

In the parenting we need to practice the ICE plan, instruct, consequence, and exercise.  When we are training our kids to use their time wisely it is no different.  The past few days we have been discussing the different ways to instruct your children by helping them to manage their time.  Next we need to set up the consequences both positive and negative for time management, meaning rewards for consistently sticking with the plan and what will be done if the child strays from the plan. As the child grows we can give them more and more control over their own time management, which is the exercise in the ICE plan.

Again as with money management, we can look at our goals for training our children in time management and work backwards.  Ultimately as our children leave our home we want them to be prepared to have control over their time, especially when facing all the time wasting temptations on a college campus. We need to give them room to practice managing their time while they are still under our roof in high school.  An easy place to do this is a teen’s bedtime. Keep in mind that a bedtime is different from a curfew.  You can slowly back a bedtime up until ultimately there is no bedtime.  As long as a teen is keeping up with their school work and morning family responsibilities then they can continue without a bedtime.   If they are having a hard time getting up with their alarm in the morning then the bedtime can be reinstated.  The important thing is to allow your children to practice time management while you are still there to help them with it.

 

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Teaching Kids Time Management | Part 3

Teaching Kids Time Management | Part 3

Jan 25

Teaching Kids to “Bank” Time

Teaching children to manage their time is such an important life skill that will help them to succeed.  One of the areas to help them learn how to do this, is the concept of banking time.  This concept can be the most useful when tackling a big project.  For small children we can use their chores to teach them this lesson.  If a child learns to pick up their toys or does a little bit every day then cleaning their room is not a big deal.  If they do not pick up after themselves then cleaning their room will big a huge job.  The same applies for older children and teens when having to complete a school project or book report.  One of the most important things these projects teach is how to budget your time.  If we help our children break a project down into bite size pieces and then hold them accountable we will save our family from a very stressful time the weekend before the project is due.  We are also teaching our children how to handle big tasks with out it stopping their lives.  This is a very important life skill to learn for college, the work place, and even for simple household management.

 

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Teaching Kids Time Management | Part 2

Teaching Kids Time Management | Part 2

Jan 24

Training Starts with Your Example

We have said many times that one of the ways our children learn best is observing our example; the area of time management is no different.  Is our home one of calm organization or of consistent stressful chaos?  If we are managing our time and our family’s time the overall timbre of the home should be that of a well oiled machine.  If we are not managing our time and our time is managing us then we will live in chaos darting from one thing to the next with the overwhelmed feeling of never getting ahead.

As parents we need to first look at our time and family time with realistic expectations.  Like we stated yesterday, there are only so many hours in the day so we need to make the most of them but we cannot be unrealistic at how much we can squeeze into those hours.  We must sit down and organize our schedule so that we will not be consistently responding to the “tyranny of the urgent,” but we will be in charge of our time.  This is where a weekly parent staff meeting can be effective. Remember it is ok to say no to things so that you can have those quiet times as a family!

 

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Teaching Kids Time Management | Part 1

Teaching Kids Time Management | Part 1

Jan 23

Why It’s Important to Teach Kids about Time Management

Today’s generation has so many things vying for their attention such as the internet, television, gaming and many others.  These things can be effective tools for learning and having fun but if not managed appropriately could be big time wasters.  If we allow our children to enter adulthood without knowing how to manage their time it can have the potential to effect so many areas of their life from household responsibilities, parenting, marriage and their job success.

Time is different from other things that we train our children how to manage.  Time, unlike money, is something that they will never get back.  You can make more money but there are only so many hours in a day.   Children in and of themselves are not usually time conscious but do thrive on a consistent schedule.  We can begin to train our children with time management by helping them have a schedule and stick to it.   This week we will be discussing how to train your children to be good managers which is one more key to their future success.

 

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