“How did it get so late so soon?”
― Dr. Seuss
It is fair to say that every parent has experienced at least one situation where their child would have stated the ‘5-minutes-more’ request or any other variant of this statement. It sure is difficult to explain the concept of time and the virtue of punctuality to little children. Many of them find it difficult to estimate how long a minute is, or how much work can be done in five minutes. This lack of understanding affects parents and children both as it disrupts routines and can create a bit of chaos in their schedules.
Previously, we have discussed how parents can manage their child’s routine by setting a timer, creating family schedules, setting an agenda for the day, etc. In this article, we will cover how parents can teach their children to be more punctual.
The book, Time Management for Children, mentions questions that parents must ask to help their children become more punctual:
It also lists a few tips for helping your child to become more punctual. They are as follows:
Being punctual, and on time, requires children to think through multiple things and is a complex skill. Like any other habits, this will also take months, if not years, for children to become masters of time management. Be consistent and patient with them. Unconditional support and timely help from parents will definitely speed up the process.
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Time Management for Children: How to develop and improve Kids time management skills for better future. (2017). Scorpio Digital Press. ASIN: B07VFQF6QC
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