I’ve been spending time over the past few months writing and sharing tips for kids. I’m thrilled to have two recent online articles published by TodaysParent.com, with more on the way.
The first, How To Teach Your Child Time Management is chock full of ways to coach kids into being responsible for planning and organizing their own time. Some of the feedback I received suggested that moms and dads might benefit too. The article was inspired by research conducted by Intel Canada which revealed that post-secondary students would tell themselves to develop better time management skills and self discipline while in high school. I figure it’s never too young to start.
Turning Kids into Capable Task Masters was the most recent set of tips published. I was particularly thrilled to have a couple of my photos published in this article and to be able to include Pliio, which is now available across North America.
Anyone reading these tips might pick up on the not so subtle notion that I believe in teaching kids new skills and empowering them to be successful. “Constant coaching” I call it. I swear one day, I won’t have to say, “take your backpack to the back and unpack your lunch, and by unpack I mean empty the food into the compost and the dishes into the dishwasher”! Deep breath.
I have often told my kids that my job is to keep them safe and help them grow into the best people they can be. Even if sometimes it takes longer in the short term and more patience than I can seem to muster some days.
I’m already thinking of a sequel to the Task Master article. Which life skills do you teach the kids in your lives?