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How To Teach Time Management To Children

Time management is an important life skill every child should learn at an early stage. Kids who master the art of time management have been shown to perform better at school and grow into responsible successful adults.

Here are some great tips to help your child become better at managing time -

• Make It A Fun Process
Encourage your child to create fun and colorful calendars or buy them one. Use creative stickers to mark important days on the calendar. Make the completion of a task feel like a game that has to be completed within a specific span of time. The overall process should be playful and enjoyable.

• Begin Early
The earlier a child starts learning lessons of time management, easier it will be for them to incorporate the habit. It’s best to start teaching simple tasks like homework completion, packing the bag for next day and so on to be completed within the set time frame during preschool years.

• Countdowns
Countdown is an effective way of teaching kids how to measure time. You can even download cute apps that function as countdown timers to make it fun for them. Challenge your child to complete a task before the timer rings. You can also set a challenge for yourself along with your child to add an element of competition and fun.

• Planning Together
It’s a great idea to have a family calendar that has each members plan highlighted on it. This teaches kids how activities are allotted to specific days and they should be done in accordance with that plan. Encourage kids to participate in such planning activities. Get your child a cute planner or calendar for their own plans.

• Discipline

When it comes to time management, discipline is everything. In the early days of time management lessons for your kids, stick to the schedule and don’t budge even for a few minutes. Teach your kids to adhere to schedules without being lenient.

• Child Friendly Tools
Use visually stimulating kid friendly tools and techniques to help your child learn time management. For instance use apps, magnetic calendars, colorful stickers, notepads and diaries, planning whiteboards, etc.

• Rewards
Motivate your child by giving daily or weekly rewards. The reward could be letting your child indulge in an activity they like, a movie or family activity, etc. There should be something for a child to look forward to, on achieving a time based milestone.

We, at Boys & Girls Clubs Of Central Texas, offer a wide range of programs for kids up to 18 years of age. To enroll your child at the club, call at (254) 699 – 5808 or visit 304 W Ave B, Killeen, TX – 76541.

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