Time management for children, it’s something you can definitely teach. Proper time management isn’t a concept that’s for the working class or the home manager. If you’ve seen one of our earlier posts, we’ll echo it here again, it’s for everyone. What better age to train your kids about winning against laziness and procrastination than now.
Time Management For Children: They’re More Capable Of Being Responsible Than We Realize
There’s a stigma about that age, from 2 to toddler, and a little over, that they’re “kids.” In all sense of being literal, yes, they are, in age. However, you and I tend to undermine them precisely because of that. We tend to make their young age a barrier in allowing them to learn beyond what we think they can.
Amazing, isn’t it? Psychologists and experts in children’s cognitive processing have revealed that kids are able to understand and apply what they learn far beyond their own age. After all, these cute and adorable tiny human beings, at this stage of their early years to be specific, are geared towards absorbing what they can from their environment.
Between ages 2 to 7, the brain is in a developmental process. Not only is it growing in size and mass, but it’s also growing in function (as well as from birth to 3 years of age, when growth will be rapid). This reflects in the way they are curious, in the way they imitate what they see and hear. This reflects in the way they are able to associate words with colors, objects, and shapes.
Thus, child psychologists have said that there’s no “earliest stage” when it comes to training your child about responsibility, and the concept of right and wrong.
How To Do It
Mommies, daddies, and guardians, by no means should you train your children as though they’re in a tiny military camp. You wouldn’t want to use fear as a tool in making them do what they should. Because if that’s the case, it’ll work, but only for some time, and will soon let go of it as they mature into adulthood.
We want to avoid that. What you’ll want is for them to carry what they learn all the way into adulthood. After all, that’s why you want to train them about productivity, isn’t it? So that when they’re older, they won’t have trouble managing their time and knowing how to plan and prioritize.
That said, think “fun” and “creative.” Borrowing an example from observational studies with kids and effective training, they retain what they learn more when play is incorporated. Start with having a fixed schedule with them. Teach them that at this time, the family should be awake. At so time, the family should have breakfast.
Since Play Time Is All The Time…
Allot a schedule for play. Of course, at this age, play is almost all the time. What we mean is that you can be specific to the kind of play they have. For example, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. is for playing with toys. 11:00 a.m. to 12:00noon is to watch/ be mommy’s and daddy’s little helper in the kitchen. 1-2:00 p.m. is for T.V. So on and so forth.
Set a schedule that’s followed not only by your kids but by the whole family. This strategy will make them feel encouraged that there are others who are doing the same thing as they are.
Now, here’s a side note. Though setting a schedule is important, it’s also just as significant that you are open to change and flexibility.
Switch up the schedule from this hour and the next. Change playtime with toys to playing outside and the like. When your child wants to make that decision, let them, but within the confines of a flexible schedule.
Try it out and have fun with your kids as you teach them to value time, even while they’re still kiddos.