You nag, you beg, and you plead but you just can’t seem to get your kids to manage their own time effectively. With so many distractions, electronics, and activities it can seem impossible to balance it all. Custom magnets can teach kids how to better manage their time on their own and take the pressure off of you.
What do your kids do when they first get up in the morning? Is it a struggle for them to get out the door for school? Most kids need help remembering their homework projects, gym sneakers, lunch bag, face mask, and other supplies, especially now that school doesn’t look exactly like it did prior to the pandemic.
Custom magnets are a great way to create a checklist of common daily tasks. Permanent tasks like brushing teeth, getting dressed, feeding pets, and cleaning up breakfast can be printed as a list. Tasks that vary can be written in dry erase marker on blank lines beneath it, like bringing a musical instrument for band practice or packing a signed permission slip that don’t happen every day. Only after all the tasks are checked off can kids watch TV or play.
A great character builder for teaching kids responsibility is giving them chores to do around the house. You’ll get far less resistance if they can manage their own time doing it and set their own expectations. If one child’s job is to clean the bathroom, they may get frustrated trying to do it all in one day. Instead, break each room down into manageable sections that can be tackled each day.
Day one, clean mirror; day two, clean sink; day three, clean toilet; day four, clean bathtub; day five, clean floor; day six, empty garbage, and day seven, everything is done! You can stick the magnet on the medicine cabinet and they can check off as they go.
Breaking Down Projects into Pieces:
Most parents groan when their child gets a project assigned at school, knowing that they will end up doing a big chunk of the work. At the beginning of the project, help them break it down into manageable pieces. Use a project magnet to track the tasks and when each needs to be finished. After a few projects, your child will get better at managing projects on their own.
How often are your kids cramming for weekly events the night before? Are they prepared for their tutoring session? Have they practiced for dance lessons? Are they scrambling to find their gear each time? Use magnets for each activity with a daily practice reminder for the week and a list of supplies needed.
Helping kids set goals is an important life skill. Sit down with them to talk about things they want to accomplish and when. If they want to save up enough money for a new bike by summer, determine how much they will need to earn in addition to their allowance. Help them plan a lemonade stand or other way of raising the funds in addition to household chores. Having a goal magnet visible on the fridge helps kids keep the target in mind so that they’ll continue to work toward their goal.