We live in a world of distractions. From television to Facebook to video games, to those ever-beeping smartphones – it can be tough to focus and manage your time. And that includes your children as well. Between school hours, soccer practice and piano lessons, sometimes juggling with your children’s schedule can be more of a headache than your own. So if you’re struggling to organize and coordinate, here are four great ways to help improve your child’s time management.
Use a calendar or day-planner to make notes and schedule everything. Place the calendar somewhere for both you and your child to see and keep track of every day. You can even purchase a dry-erase calendar that will stick to your fridge so that you can alter and update it each month by simply erasing it. Having a visual planner allows you to keep up with the plans, and give some responsibility to your child for keeping on track with the calendar.
If your child has an abundance of energy at certain times, and little to none at others, try to make use of those peak times. Try to manage your children’s schedule based on when they tend to have the most amount of energy – say, for sports – and when they seem more calm and focused – could be perfect for that piano lesson. Instead of trying to work against them, try to work with them. This can instil great habits for your children, and allow them to recognize when they are most productive.
“To do” lists are a great way to keep your child on track and manage their time. If your child has a smartphone, or even just a notepad, create a “to do” list with them for each week. Having a place to physically write down things that need to be done, and then scratching them off when they are complete, allows your child to feel like they’ve achieved and accomplished something, no matter how big or small the task may be. This will encourage them to get things done on time. If they can see it written down somewhere and refer back to it, the chances of them completing the tasks are much more likely.
Hiring a tutor to give your child one-on-one time can be a great way to instil discipline and time management skills. The guidance of a tutor can help teach and instil important study skills and focus that can help your child achieve greater academic success. Mobile Tutors is an Edmonton-based tutoring service that offers one-on-one in-home tutoring and revolutionary online tutoring to elementary, junior high, high school, and university students for study skills and subjects such as Mathematics, Science, Statistics, French, and English Language Arts.
So if you find that your child is struggling with time management and you’re struggling to juggle it all, try out a few of these methods. You can combine each of these with the guidance of a tutor to help get them in the best possible position to succeed in the future.