Some tips on teaching time management to your kids
Teaching your Child | By Lisa Tedrick Prejean
Lynn Smith of Hagerstown called recently, requesting tips on teaching time management to her sons, Clayton, 9, and Keifer, 5.
Specifically, it's a problem in the morning when they're rushing to catch the bus to Paramount Elementary School.
Smith seems organized. She helps her boys pick out clothes at night, and has a weekly chart of responsibilities where they check off completed items such as chores, personal care and manners.
Still, she'd like some guidance in helping her kids become more independent and cooperative.
Smith's idea of having a responsibility chart is a good one, says Kristin Farmer, a Paramount Elementary School counselor. Parents often overtalk things with their children, she says. The chart allows a child to take responsibility for what is expected of him.
Parents can set the tone by making sure there is enough time in the morning for all that needs to be done, says Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, author of "Kids, Parents and Power Struggles - Winning for a Lifetime."