How To Teach The Importance Of Punctuality And Time Management To Children
Time management and punctuality are key to academic success. Here are some ways you can teach your child how to manage time in student life.
Parents have a responsibility to teach their children the importance of time management as well as the value of punctuality
Students need to be able to manage their time effectively in order to prioritize their tasks. A student can successfully plan and manage his time to prepare for exams. Lee Iacocca, a legendary business leader, said that “If you want your time to be efficient, you need to identify the most important things and give them all of your attention.”
Time management benefits for students:
The success of a student’s time management skills will determine how successful she is in her studies. Time management is not only beneficial for students, but also benefits other areas of your life. Here are some benefits of time management that students can reap:
- Get things done in time
- Less stress
- There is enough time to accomplish things with clarity
- More time to do additional tasks
- Increased Productivity
- Get a good reputation
- Teaching punctuality and time management
It may seem difficult to teach your child time management and punctuality, but it’s not. These are some simple ways to teach your child how to manage their time and be punctual.
1. Safety, predictability, broad structure for toddlers
Young children and toddlers are not as aware of the time as adults. They are more sensitive to patterns and consistency, and can respond to the circadian rhythms. By setting time for eating, sleeping, and playing, parents can help toddlers feel more consistent. By placing certain activities in relation with others, parents can help a toddler establish a relationship with time. A child might associate that his father goes to work every day with his first meal. You can also have the child form an association where he will read a book and go to bed at night when it gets dark. These routines are essential for children as they develop a sense comfort in their environment.
2. Children younger than 5 years old can create schedules and then model them.
Children begin to become more aware of the world around them and learn to tell the time. You must show your child how to read both analog and digital clocks. They have different ways of understanding time and engaging different parts of the brain. Children will understand the importance and management of their time when they are given scheduled homework. Establishing a routine is a good idea. Supernanny, a reality TV show that focuses on parenting children with misbehavior, recommends creating a routine to help them control their behavior. Supernanny recommends putting timetables in prominent places throughout the house to remind the child about the routine. This is a fun and effective way to help children finish their tasks on-time and be punctual.
Children are unconsciously influenced by the bad and good habits of adults at this age. They cannot distinguish the good from the evil. Parents should model the behaviors they want their children to emulate during primary school. This includes practices such as getting up at the right time, getting to bed on time, and using technology responsibly.
3. Teenagers: Values, accountability, and independent time-management
As teenagers enter their teens, they begin to develop a sense of self and think about where they fit in the world. If not done sooner, it may be difficult to instill routine and punctuality. Teenagers are capable of being rebellious and will not follow instructions unless they fully understand what the purpose is. Teenagers may question the necessity of following certain instructions, particularly if they feel that there is bias or hypocrisy. A teenager might wonder why she has to get up at 6:15 a.m. every morning for school, when her parents are often too tired and miss their alarms. This problem can be solved by parents modeling the behavior they want to see in their teens and ensuring that they practice what they preach. Parents should agree with their teenagers to share their mistakes and encourage them to be more punctual.
Teenagers are also inclined to reflect on their values. Parents can talk with teenagers about punctuality and how important it is. Parents can explain to their children how being punctual shows respect and ensures personal success. To help teens balance school and their hobbies, parents can encourage them to plan their own schedules. Parents can help teens organize their lives by giving them organizational tools like diaries and to-do list.
At CGR International School, we believe that – Early on, a child who understands the importance and practice punctuality and time management will be able to achieve greater success. We constantly strive to impart time management habits and skills to our students. Be a catalyst for your child’s success and be a good parent.