Now that summer is in full swing (along with the Hazy Hot and Humid days in my area) I figured it’s a good time to address how we can help kids work on some of their Time Management skills even when we have lost the structure and requirements of the typical school day.
Emily has written a great article to address how you can help your student hone their time management skills using either academic work or fun family projects. Please read her article “How to Help Your Child with Time Management Skills This Summer” below.
If you are looking to help your child work on academic skills this summer, or you want to get set up for the school year, my PTS Coaching Tutors are now available on Long Island. These are all certified Teachers who have been specifically trained to work with students with ADHD and/or Executive Function challenges. [This program will be expanding geographically in the future].
Wishing you sunny days, laughter, and peace.
Important Time Management Skills for your Child with ADHD
It’s that special time of year again. The sun comes out, the days get long and kids experience the kind of freedom that only summer can bring. It seems like as your child ages, the summer projects increase. Whether it’s a summer reading assignment, tutoring work to keep your child from falling behind or a project for the advanced placement class they are taking in the fall, summer isn’t just summer anymore.
If your school doesn’t do a summer reading project, you can still practice time management skills with family projects whether it’s volunteering together or building something as a family. It helps build good time management skills and they have a finished product to be proud of. Here are some ideas to help get your child into a good time management routine that can carry over into the new school year.
- Make sure you gather everything you need early on.
- Think about the assignment together, and chose what works best for you and your child before embarking on that mission to the library. It may be easier to pick the summer reading question first and tailor the book choice to that and then to make a book fit the assignment.
- Make a checklist or shopping list, and have your child take some ownership. Whether it’s helping pick out supplies, deciding what book to read, or reading over the assignment with you to help make the checklist, it’s important to help your child develop a sense of involvement or pride in their work.
Deadlines and Planning:
- It’s important to break larger projects and papers down into manageable pieces.
- Sit down with your child and set up a schedule. Taking the time to plan out a timeframe to get the work done can take stress off of everyone. Figure out when the project or paper is due and work backwards.
- Talk to your child about what they feel to be a comfortable pace of work. If the work is due on the first day of school, what is the last day they can give it to you if they want it proofread? Would they feel better doing one page every two weeks, or three pages a month?
- If your child is working, help them figure out a pace that works around their work schedule. Set up mini deadlines throughout the summer and hold your child accountable.
- We want to foster independence in our children. Summer projects are a great learning experience for that. Once you get organized and have your deadlines set up how you want, let them go.
- By middle and high school, ownership of work is extremely important. You are still holding them accountable to the deadlines you created, but you are letting them work at their pace with deadlines you made together.
- Eventually your child will be on their own, whether its college or a future job they will have to figure things out for themselves. Summer is a safe, low stress time to let your child start to build independence.
It’s never too early to start building time management skills with your child. Summer is a great time to experiment with what works for you child. Is it a color coded schedule, post it note reminders, phone alarms, keeping their own hours, a calendar on their desk, or timers set during work sessions? Once you’ve got something, run with it! Don’t let those summer projects stress you and your family out. You can do it!