Is your son or daughter a procrastinator? Do they leave homework assignments and projects to the last minute and then get stressed out? Is the morning routine in your house full of stress, arguments and rushing out the door at the last minute? Is your tween or teen constantly distracted by their phone or social media, or do they spend too much time playing video games?
If so, poor time management skills might be to blame.
As kids enter middle school and high school, they are expected to manage increasing amounts of homework as well as juggle their social life and extracurricular activities. Many times, tweens and teens do not yet have the skills necessary to independently understand how to prioritize and manage their time, which can lead to frustration, power struggles, nagging, arguments, rushing, missed deadlines and lots of stress in the family.
Fortunately, Leslie Josel has written a book to help restore some order to family households by helping teach effective time management skills to teens.
Leslie is a professional organizer, a respected resource on ADHD and Executive Functioning in students, a coach, a sought-after speaker and creator of The Academic Planner: A Tool For Time Management®. She launched Order Out of Chaos in 2004 after her son was diagnosed with ADHD, Executive Dysfunction and other learning differences.
Leslie’s book What’s The Deal With Teens and Time Management? is a quick and easy read, but don’t let the shortness of the book mislead you. Leslie gets right down to providing parents with important information and actionable strategies for parents to help their tweens and teens learn effective time management skills. These important life skills will help reduce stress in the kids’ lives as well as in the household and serve them well as they enter adulthood in a few years.
Some of the topics covered in the book include:
- helping teens develop a “sense of time”
- planning tips for daily life as well as long term projects
- homework strategies
- tips for creating a successful and low stress morning routine
- how to help teens overcome procrastination tendencies (good tips for adults too!)
- managing technology distractions
The book also contains useful tools such as this printable Project Planning Guide that will help teens plan out their school projects to avoid the last minute scramble.
If your tween or teen struggles with time management, this is a book you’ll want to own.
For more time management and organization tips, be sure to read the article Leslie wrote for Tweenhood, “5 Organizing Strategies for Students” and visit her website orderoochaos.com. You can also follow Leslie on Twitter at @orderoochaos, and on YouTube and Facebook.
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)