How to get your child to set a timetable and stick to it

Updated: Jul 17, 2021

As parents, it is important for us to teach effective time management skills to our children right from a young age. The whole process would become easier when the daily tasks around the house can be turned into fun games such as dressing up, stacking up toys, brushing, and bathing. Teaching young children how to balance study time and leisure time can go a big way in defining how he/she will be able to manage the pressure of high school in later part of their life.

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How do we do so?

1. Goal setting

For a child to learn the habit of time management, it is very important to plan his daily activities with the end goals in mind.

2. Prioritizing

An effective time management strategy is to prioritize daily tasks. Urgent tasks (school work) must be prioritized over not so urgent tasks (leisure).

3. Eliminating distractions

It is important for a child to identify distractions. It has been proven time and again that keeping a downtime for electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops each day aids a child in improving productivity to an all-time high.

4. Scheduled outdoor time

Getting an hour’s outdoor play time is really important for a child to keep the mind, body and soul healthy.

4. Create a homework system

A good way to manage homework is to create a system to keep a track of it and not forget about assignments. Using coloured post-it notes helps in keeping track of completed and pending assignments.

5. Reward system

Rewarding a child for completing tasks on time can be a great motivator provided you are creative in your rewards. Giving additional video game playing time, family night at movies or a family dinner can boost a child’s morale for effective time management

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