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Most parents want their children to know essential habits such as money management, work habits, learning and learning, communication skills and proper hygiene. But have you thought about helping them manage their time better?
To be fair, most of us probably haven't thought about it. According to a study by the University of Pennsylvania, self-discipline – which happens to be the cornerstone of time management – is a better predictor of adolescent academic performance than IQ.
How can you teach your kids these basic time management skills? Here are ten ways to accomplish this feat with some ideas that last a lifetime.
The sooner the better.
It is never too late to improve time management skills. In fact, I think this is an area where there is always room for improvement. But why delay this until they get older?
It may seem like over parenting, but you can teach toddlers basic time management skills. Preschoolers are even able to do small tasks in short blocks of time, e.g. B. brush your teeth or put away toys.
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Set up a routine and stick to it.
"Regular schedules give the day a structure that organizes the world of a young child," explains Robert Myers, Ph.D. "Although predictability can be troublesome for adults, children live on repetition and routine." In fact, schedules are created from the first days of life. "Babies in particular need regular sleeping and eating programs and even routines that lead to these activities," adds Dr. Myers added.
However, as your children get older, you want to help them establish a daily schedule. The reason? It lets them know "what will happen and who will be there, it enables them to think and feel more independently and to feel more secure," says Dr. Myers. "A disrupted routine can trigger a child and make them feel insecure and irritable."
In addition to a much-needed structure, this can help make them more accountable. And it gives you an opportunity to spend time with them.
Some obvious places to set simple time goals would be:
A morning routine, like having breakfast and preparing for school. A routine after school, such as homework and homework. An evening routine that can include dinner, brushing your teeth, and reading before bed.
For younger children, you may need to give them a little more support by creating charts or using timers and providing rewards. For older children, most of these goals become a habit. If your child has a phone, they can use calendar apps like First-Then Visual Schedule, myHomework App or Remember the Milk.
Let them create their own calendars.
Whether it's a handyman, an old paper calendar, or an app like Cozi, include them in the calendar creation process. As a family, list your commitments and add them to the calendar. To avoid confusion, use color coding so everyone has their own color for their own schedule. Above all, keep this in a place that is easily accessible and verifiable.
In addition to a family calendar, let your children create their own individual calendars. Since this is your personal calendar, it can be more detailed than the family calendar. You will be amazed at how little children like to check their own calendar. The child can help determine which activities should and should not be added.
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"It is important that children learn to distinguish between" must "and" want ", and to set priorities and monitor themselves," Marcia Grosswald, a senior resource teacher, told Scholastic. Grosswald uses the popular analogy of rock, pebble and water, in which the duties of the students are represented by rocks and pebbles.
However, the rocks mean their most important tasks such as school and sleep. The pebbles represent extra-curricular obligations. And the water represents wishes, such as hanging out with friends.
"I use a glass to represent a day," says Grosswald. “The rocks go in first because they are things you have to do, whether you like it or not. Next are the pebbles. But there is still some space in the glass, so we pour water up to our glass – and the day is full. "
Personally, this could be an activity in which we parents help us determine our priorities.
Help them measure time.
“To create a realistic schedule, you have to know exactly how long it will take,” says Grosswald. "I give them a table that divides the afternoon and evening hours into 15-minute intervals," she explains. "There are three columns for each time window: what children are up to, what they have actually done and thinking."
Grosswald notes that the reflection piece is essential. The reason? By re-evaluating how they spend their time, they have the opportunity to adjust their schedule accordingly.
Make it fun.
As an adult, it's hard to imagine how much time management can be fun. But it is possible by making it a game. You can even use gamification yourself to increase your productivity.
For kids, I recommend you explore the Timex Time Machines app. In partnership with Scholastic, there are interactive games, lesson plans and activities to teach children in grades 1 to 3.
There are also DIY activities that you can do together as a family. For example, you could have them build their own hourglass and then use them as a stopwatch. Clockify has some other suggestions, like "What did I do yesterday?" and "Colored Blocks".
Stop being a helicopter parent.
Of course, you want to protect and help your children as much as possible. At the same time, you should also give them the opportunity to spread their wings.
Let's say you have just started a new school year. Because they have a new routine and a new teacher, which means new expectations and rules, they can be scared. Instead of telling them how to deal with this situation, let them express their concerns and develop solutions to the problem.
When they're older, let them create their own routine and be flexible with their schedules so that they have free time. So your job would be to coach and reward them instead of dictating every minute of their time.
Don't over-plan your children.
What happens if you overuse your calendar and pack too tight? You probably feel like you're always on the go. The problem is that you may always feel behind. And you don't have the leeway to tackle the unexpected.
It's the same with children. They also require downtime for solo play or to relax at the end of the day.
Determine a learning zone.
If you've ever worked from home, you know how important a dedicated workspace is. I would even say that this should be a top priority for time management.
The reason? You can exclude distractions like the TV or loud family members and differentiate between your work and your private life.
The same idea applies to children. You should have a designated learning area that is calm and free from distractions so that you can concentrate on your homework.
You can also emphasize the importance of keeping the area clean and organized. For example, you can show them organization systems such as paper flow (a proven system for handling paper) and mise-en-place (a proven cooking system "Everything in its place").
Be a role model.
The best way to help your children understand time management better is to set a good example. As psychologist Eileen Kennedy-Moore explains: "Good modeling does not guarantee that children will do what we want them to do, but telling children that they do what I say, not like me, will definitely not work. "
You want to keep your own goals under control. So if you have emphasized the importance of a schedule and fail to manage time, you will pick up on this falseness.
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