Homework, studying and exams. These tasks can often be daunting and challenging for a number of students, especially when they are trying to balance school with extracurricular activities, family and social lives. This is equally true for parents. While parents not only have to maintain their own daily schedules, they hold the responsibility of keeping track of their child’s schedule too.
Despite the age of a parent or child, juggling time while trying to balance commitments has been a constant struggle for many and remains one of the lead reasons for academic failure. In order for a child to survive in both their learning environment and today’s societies it is essential for parents to comprehend and properly foster organizational and time management skills at home.
Ideally, the best time for a parent to help ensure that their child understands exactly where time goes and learns how to better make sure of that time is prior to the start of the school year. This will essentially avoid the risks of academic failure. However, if a child is already commenced in classes, time management will still be effectively accomplished (the process of organizing may take a little bit extra dedication).
Below are some useful tips that parents can use to help them understand, and learn, the process of organizing time for themselves and children:
Establish a Routine
All children prosper from a home environment that is structured and positively consistent. By getting your child up at the same time every morning and fuelling them with a nutritious breakfast prior to the school day, you will establish a learning step in maintaining and scheduling time and will create a foundation of stability. At night institute a certain (and reasonable) bedtime ritual that might include 15 to 20 minutes of reading and reflection.
Prepare Everything for the Morning the Night Before
One of the most stressful things as a parent can be getting the children up and ready for school in the mornings, while also trying to get you off to work. To avoid morning chaos, and any last minute decisions do as much as you can the night before:
-Lay out your child’s clothes the night before (if they are old enough, get them to do so themselves)
-Go through your younger child’s backpack and put together any (and all) school essentials they will need for the day!
Allow Free Time
Every child and parent needs time in the day to unwind. By making time each day that is free of responsibilities, and finds opportunities for safe, unstructured play, it will avoid any unnecessary anxieties and pressures of stress. While it is important to keep track and maintain the family’s daily schedules, remember not to over schedule yourself or your child with too many afternoon or evening activities-leave time open for replenishing energy.
As a parent, and in order to effectively use time, it is essential to determine when you and your child do your best work, and do it. However, it is important to remember that you and your child must pay attention, and know the limits while keeping short-and long-term priorities in mind. It is OK to say ‘no’ to the less important things-know the limits and stick to them.
With the intention of effectively using time, you and your child(ren) should begin by setting time aside during a week day or night to develop jobs and/or assignments, and prioritize and segregate each job and assignment into smaller daily projects. By effectively scheduling and managing the use of time, the overall amount of time that you and your child(ren) save will leave less hassle and better productivity throughout the week.
Whether it’s a “To Do” list or a day planner, figure out how much free time is available each week and put together a list of each week day’s projects, starting with the most important. Include the tasks within the projects that need to be fulfilled, as this will keep the organization of time under control.