Wednesday, October 17, 2012

On time management

I came across this article on time management: Helping ADHD Children Manage Time. I think it has some good points. My one addition and caution is to highlight that a central piece to learning time management is having finite time to manage. In the article, the author talks about helping the child learn to estimate how long tasks will take. But it is also important to provide a clear time limit within which those estimates can be made. Say the child is in third grade and it is reasonable for that child to do 30 minutes of homework a night. What do you do if your estimates come out to 60 minutes? Does the child work for 60 minutes or does the child figure out the most important things to do in the 30 minutes that child has.  Parents need to look realistically at what their child can do and not assume that, just because the work was assigned, that work can override other things you want your child to do, or your child's reasonable need to relax and unwind.

Dr. Kenneth Goldberg, is the author of The Homework Trap: How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Teachers, and Students, published by Wyndmoor Press.


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