4 Proven Tools to Teach Your Kids Time Management Skills | Diana Quintana


Do you have trouble teaching your child to be aware of the passage of time? Is it a struggle to get everyone out?

It’s time to start teaching kids time management skills.

Time management is a learned skill. Adults, as you may know, struggle with time management, so it’s no wonder it’s difficult for kids as well.

Teach your children to manage their time. Make it easier for them to develop these skills by incorporating talking about the weather into daily activities.

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To teach time management skills to kids, here are 4 proven tools to try.

1. Talk about the weather.

Incorporate time into your daily conversation with your children. Let them know that at a certain time you will be going shopping with everyone present. Then give them a 10 minute warning.

Let them know they have 10 minutes left to finish what they are doing. Finally, when there are two minutes left, tell them it’s time to put on shoes, jackets and hats and take whatever they need to bring with them.

Talk about when you teach your kids to be ready for dinner. You can say, “Please set the table before 5:30 p.m. because dinner will be at 6:00 p.m.”

Or maybe you’re letting your kids know that they need to get their homework off the table at 5:45 p.m. because dinner will be at 6:00 p.m.

When you talk about time, you are teaching your children about time management by making them aware of the passage of time.

2. Show them the time.

There are two very useful tools to have at home to visually represent the passage of time: an analog clock and the timer.

Most important is the analog clock – put one in every room, including the bathroom.

This is especially useful when the family shares bathrooms. You can tell your child to leave the bathroom at X hours. When there is a clock in the bathroom, they will be better able to keep track of time.

Analog clocks display time better than digital clocks.

In a digital clock, the numbers move forward. An analog clock shows the passage of time. It’s easier to understand and build that sense of time when you can see that every minute of the hour counts.

The timer is a device that represents the passage of minutes in the hour with a red band.

You set the timer for as many minutes as needed. The red band shrinks over time. This visual representation of time helps children understand how much time they have to start and how much time they have left.

The timer company also makes a simple no-touch timer to help you wash your hands. The timer counts down the minutes to ensure hands are thoroughly cleaned.

These timers can be used with children of all ages because the visual representation of time is so simple to understand.

Teach your children to manage time from an early age to make them aware of the passage of time.

When you do this, they’ll grow up with a better understanding of what five minutes versus 30 minutes feels like.

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3. Use a planner.

A good tool for school-aged children is the Order Out of Chaos Academic Planner.

This calendar is configured to allow children to see the time. It allows students to keep track of homework in all their subjects. It also has space to record extracurricular activities and other appointments.

Personally, what I love most about these planners is that they help students break down school projects into small, manageable chunks, which is an important life skill.

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They will use this skill throughout their school years – at work and at home to manage projects big and small. I cannot overstate the importance of this skill.

This planner is also recommended for busy moms. It’s great for keeping track of extracurricular activities, as well as all the many things busy moms do.

Leslie Josel, owner of Order Out of Chaos, also has some great videos for students and parents to learn about teaching time management skills to kids.

4. Use music.

Another way to teach time management to your kids is to create playlists of varying lengths. You can tell your kids that when song X starts, there will be three minutes left before they start cleaning.

They will learn to listen to that particular song and understand that playtime will soon be over.

Leslie Josel encourages older students to create study reading lists for different subjects. They know, based on the song currently playing, how much time they still have to finish the subject they are working on.

Teaching your children time management is one of those life skills that your children will use throughout their lives, in all aspects of their lives.

The tools presented in this blog will help you in your efforts to create a better awareness of time and develop your children’s sense of time.

Who knows? You can also improve your own time management skills in the process!

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Diane N. Quintana is a Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization®, Principal Trainer and Owner of DNQ Solutions, LLC, and Co-Owner of Release●Repurpose●Reorganize, LLC based in Atlanta, Georgia. She specializes in organizing residences and home offices and working with those affected by ADD, hoarding and chronic disorganization. Subscribe to Diane’s monthly newsletter and receive her advice of the week.

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