TIME MANAGEMENT FOR STRESSED OUT STUDENTS
Linda M. Penn
October 1, 2015
Not much worse than stressed out kids and parents. Here are a few suggestions:
Have a daily/monthly planner. Use different color codes for the absolutely “must attend events,” test or school project due dates.
Organize, organize, organize! Have all the books, notebooks, pencils, etc. in a certain place so your children can begin homework promptly when the homework time begins. Have a specified place at home to do homework. Oversee your child’s daily cleaning out of the backpack.
Stay focused. When time is tight, the kids (and you) need to stay on task. Sure, the children might want to watch TV or play video games, etc. but what is the most important thing to get done now?
Avoid over-scheduling activities. Yes, Mom and Dad, you may be so proud of your ballerina, football player, choir soloist, but if grades are sliding downhill, it’s probably the time to reassess the after school activities.
Make out a daily schedule. Stick to it. Each kiddo and adult in the household needs to work as a team member. Who is going to fix dinner? Who is driving your child to karate? Who is feeding the dog? Who is checking the children’s homework?
Laugh, smile! Enjoy the moment. Take a walk with the kids, play a board game with the kids, read for pleasure with the kids, shoot hoops with the kids. So very soon, your child will be grown and you will remember these days and think about how time flies.
Avoid family squabbles. When it becomes evident that the kids or you are overly stressed daily, it’s time for a family “team meeting” to iron out the issues.
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