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What Does Time Management for Kids Mean?
First things first: When we are talking about time management for children we are referring to a healthy way to teach kids time management. (We are not talking about "helicopter parenting", parents who feel the need to micro-manage everything their kids do.)
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All very good questions!!
Why Should I Teach Time Management Skills to My Child?
Time management for kids is an important life lesson.
Managing time effectively is a foundation life skill. You could rephrase time management as managing oneself, as we cannot change time but we can change/direct ourselves.
How Do I Teach My Child Time Management?
How long is a piece of string? There are many effective (and less effective) ways to teach time management to children.
As a parent I am sure you are familiar with the expression "do as I say, not as I do". This means do the things I tell you to do, but don't follow my example. Many parents don't say those words, but that is how they act - expecting their child to do certain things, but the parent does not do them themselves...
Teaching time management is the same. The most effective way to teach your child to manage time - is to have good time management in your own life. Kids learn a lot from the example of their parents. What can you do beyond leading by example? There is lots you can do.
How Much Choice Should My Child Have On Their Own Time?
As a child gets older, they should have more and more responsibility over their time. The younger a child is the more guidance they will need. Remember that your role as parents is to raise a healthy, happy child that can function in this world. And time management is a big part of successful functioning.
Remember: No mollycoddling!! Do not stifle your child by micro-managing their life becoming a helicopter parent. You may be surprised at just how capable your child is at managing their own time!
If you have any first hand tips for helping children learn time management, please share them with us at your time management tips for kids. You may also benefit from what other peoples tips. Feel free to check out what other people have submitted as tips for teaching time management to children.
At different ages children can do different things. Time management for kids guide covering:
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