Some people complain that their busy teens and adolescents won’t give them the time of day. This may be, however, because they don’t have the time to give.
For today’s adolescents, time is of the essence—and so, for that matter, are time management skills. This owes to the fact that, for the typical adolescent, there is no such thing as a typical day; not when any given 24-hour period might bring tests, quizzes, homework assignments that were due yesterday in all likelihood, sports matches, play practices, dates and hang out sessions with friends, scholastic commitments and household chores.
This is why the singular act of learning time management skills is so vital for today’s young people.
Empowering your teen to build time management skills
Here are a few ways that you as a parent can empower your teens to get the ‘time of day’; and, with all likelihood, they even may be able to pencil in just a bit of time for you as well (hey, we can always dream!)
- Encourage your kids to make a life schedule. Your teen, in all likelihood, maintains a scholastic schedule that dictates their whereabouts during the school day; thus eliminating any sense of confusion and giving them a sense of structure. Yet if they develop a life schedule, also blending in their extracurricular and social activities and even their household chores and family dinner time, then they are likely to feel more balanced and organized; and considerably less likely to feel addled or overwhelmed.
- Help them prioritize. Remind your kids that, if they find themselves faced with too many demands on their time, they may have to pick and choose; cutting a school club or sport so they can have more time to study, etc. Remind them that their scholastic commitments always come first, and that they also should allow themselves considerable time to rest, eat, and exercise.
- Give tools to your teens. Basic and affordable time management tools could make a big difference to the time-challenged teen; so be sure that they have the planners, folders, clocks and watches, and organizers that they need to get and stay on top of things.
- Be there for them. Always be available to talk to your teen if they feel overstressed, tired, or frustrated with their daily demands. Ensure that they get enough healthy food and fortifying sleep each day, and assure them that it’s OK to make mistakes—to make a bad grade or miss a practice on occasion. Indeed, chief among time management skills is the ability to lose a little time once in a while—knowing that there always will be time to make it up later.
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