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Oct 15, 2013

Teaching Time Management to Teens

Diane Kummer

The high school years are busy ones for you and your teens, but they also provide a wonderful opportunity to teach time management skills. Here are some ideas as you assist your teen in this area.

Encourage your teen to keep a personal calendar. He’ll need to track his course assignments, sport practices and games, music lessons, youth group activities, part-time job schedule, and much more! A brief meeting with your teen at the beginning of each week can help him as he arranges time to complete all of his responsibilities. In these planning sessions, your teen may discover there are not enough hours in the day to do all he desires, so some prioritizing may be necessary on his part. 

Although some aspects of time management may seem natural to parents, it is usually a skill that must be taught. The College Board offers 8 steps for teens to take control of their time and provides tips on how teens can manage school and part-time work.

Teach your teens that efficiently using their time reduces stress by sharing these procrastination busters and organization tips.

A time management elective course may be a great addition to your teen’s high school course load. Consider using Home School, High School, & Beyond: A Time Management, Career Exploration, Organizational & Study Skills Course by Beverly Adams-Gordon as your text. 

You may be paralyzed in teaching your teens time management skills because you may feel you need a refresher course! Marilyn Rockett’s Homeschooling at the Speed of Life: Balancing Home, School, and Family in the Real World is a great resource to encourage and motivate you to use your time efficiently.

Time management skills will benefit your teen now and throughout her adult life. There’s no better time to give your teen practice in managing her time than during the high school years!

-Diane

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