Unless you are a unique parent, I bet you have heard this phrase more than once from your teenager.
And I have to admit, they have a point. Not because it was soooo many years ago since we were their age, but because life has changed a lot in that time.
Technology, that supposedly makes life easier, actually uses up vast quantities of time, “friends” are no longer defined as people you actually know in real life, and the pressure to succeed is definitely a lot stronger at a much earlier age than it was in my day.
So how do we as parents counter this, and still help them to succeed without over pressuring?
I think that by teaching them the concept of managing time we can do a lot to help.
Time management for students is not a commonly taught skill. Schools try to demonstrate techniques as the students progress through the grades but these days they don’t have the resources to give it the depth it requires.
Time management, for students as with anyone else is a very personal matter. It has to be tuned in to what works for the individual – otherwise it just becomes another burden.
Within the Time Management for Students E-Course that I deliver I encourage each student to take each small dose of learning and apply it to their own circumstances, finding what’s right for them.
Once they see the benefit from one piece they can move on to the next. This way they learn about themselves and what work for them. This way they will build the skills that will see them through all the stages of school and beyond that into their careers.