Children can learn time management slowly
by cultivating constructive habits such as maintaining a
routine or time-table and adhering reasonably strictly to
it. Parents have a greater role to play in this.
Teach your children to keep a time diary to show them where
their 24 hours each day really go. At the end of the day,
add up the minutes spent on each activity. Children might be
surprised to see how many minutes appear beside activities
such as "Internet" or "watching TV" compared to "reading
stories" or "doing homework".
Once the children know how long they are spending on the
various activities in a day you can help them to start
managing their time and prioritise it. Shifting focus
towards activities they would like to spend more time on
rather than low-reward or time-wasting activities would be a
step in the right direction. The best way to do this is to
create regular, predictable routines. Children benefit from
routine because they can predict what is going to happen
next, which gives them a sense of security about their life.
Routines also make it easier to speed up the morning
preparation or bedtime ritual.
Setting goals are important in time management. Encourage
children to make a plan for completing a particular project.
Home work is an excellent way to teach time management where
you can set a specific amount of time for the completion of
Similarly, a carefully made routine needs to take care of
timings for watching television, interaction with friends,
extracurricular activities, etc. of your children.
Routines are a good way to show how families organise
themselves to get things done, spend time together and have
fun. You can set daily routines for children for getting
ready in the morning, bathing, bedtime and mealtimes,
greetings and goodbyes, weekly routines for housework like
washing and cleaning and yearly routines involving holidays
and extended family get-togethers.
The next important thing to making routines is to make the
children follow them as close to the specified timings as
possible. This is only possible when routines are realisable,
practical and made after due consultation with your
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