Do Kids Actually Need Good Time Management Skills?

dsquared on January 23, 2019

Ah, time management! If we were all being honest, even we as adults could use a lesson or two when it comes to this! And, as a parent, you might be wondering if it’s important to teach your younger children about this subject. Believe it or not, even your three- or four-year-old child can learn about time management. Of course, it sounds strange to teach kids how to manage time when they’ve yet to learn how to read the clock! But, the truth is, time management has more to do with being efficient than it has to do with telling time. If that doesn’t make sense now, don’t worry. We’ll explain that a little later. But, the first thing you should know is that good time management skills are definitely important for your children. Learning more about this matter will help your little ones to better understand and respect time.

What’s Time Management and Why is it Important?

Most likely, you’ve heard a lot about the importance of good time management skills. And you’ve probably seen just how helpful these skills are. It’s especially helpful to have these skills when you have a lot of responsibilities. Taking care of your family, looking after the home, and completing work-related tasks all seem to be a little easier to get done when you’re able to manage your time properly. But, kids don’t really have a lot of responsibilities. Well, at least, they don’t have any of the responsibilities that you have as an adult. So why is it important for children to have good time management skills? This is a great question! Thankfully, we’ve got an answer for you. See, time management is more than simply the idea of juggling a bunch of tasks at once. It’s more than the ability to understand what the clock is saying to you.

Time management is a matter of respecting time. It’s a matter of understanding that things have to get done. Sometimes, managing our time is a matter of respecting the time of others. Teaching your kids how to get dressed in time for school or complete their homework before dinner are both tasks that will help them (and you!) in the long run. And, when your little ones develop good time management skills, they’re gaining a quality that will come in handy for the rest of their lives! So, consider time management to be one of those “you might need this later” lessons. Because chances are, they will definitely need those skills again. Now that we’ve discussed the importance of good time management skills, let’s talk about how you as a parent can help your little ones to develop and use these skills.

Developing Good Time Management Skills in Kids

You’re probably ready to get right to it! So, let’s go ahead and take a look at some of the things you can do in order to help your children in the area of time management:

  • Develop and stick to a routine. This eliminates the need for constant reminders from you. Your kids will get used to the idea of waking up and getting ready for the day, going to school, eating, and going to bed within certain timeframes. It will help them to get into the habit of getting things done.
  • Make time management fun! For example, use checklists or charts. Everyone gets satisfaction out of checking something off the to-do list. Your kids will get a kick out of doing so after they’ve completed a task or chore on time.
  • Help your kids to prioritize. Encourage them to do homework before watching a movie. Help them to get ready for school before playing with a toy.

Here at Ivy Prep Early Learning Academy, we understand the importance of having fun while learning how to work within a routine! Contact us to learn how we can become part of your child’s learning!

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