How to Teach Kids to Manage Their Own Schedules

Back to school means back to routine. And this school year, my kids are managing their own schedules. 

Sound crazy? Maybe. But I’m learning that my kids are capable of way more than I think they are (I’m guessing your kids are too).

The truth is that everyday our kids get one step closer to adulthood, and that as good parents, we must slowly hand our children the reigns to their life. They’ve got to learn the life skills they need to survive as successful adults.

Don’t you want your kids to experiment with important life skills like self-management while you’re there to guide them through it? I do.

Little by little, we need to introduce our kids to the concepts of goal-setting, time management and self control.

What better way to do that than to teach them how to create a realistic weekly rhythm?

Little by little, we need to introduce our kids to the concepts of goal-setting, time management and self control. What better way to do that than to teach them how to create a realistic weekly schedule? Learn a step-by-step method for how your kids can create their own schedules! This scheduling method is easy and adaptable to fit any child, tween or teen!

Why I Want My Kids to Learn About Scheduling

1) I want my kids to experiment firsthand with the power of saying no to one thing so they can say yes to something else.

2) I want my children to see how much free time they really do have, and how to best use that free time wisely.

3) I want to teach my kids how to build successful habits into their everyday routines, and how those little habits produce big results.

4) I want them to have input to their daily rhythm so they have more respect for it and are more likely to follow it.

5) I want to show them that schedules serve us, not the other way around.

Man, I wish someone had taught me these things when I was kid! I had to figure out much of this on my own as an adult.

Do you want to teach your kids life skills like goal-setting, self-management and the importance of daily habits?

If so, learning to create (and manage) their own weekly routine is an excellent way to teach these skills!

Click “next” to learn practical tips and a step-by-step approach for how to teach your kids to create their own schedules!

It can be easy, and I want to show you how!

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Mother of 3 - September 5, 2016 Reply

What great tips! I’m hoping to set my middle school son up with a planner this year and have him manage his own schedule. He’s been very resistant to this in the past… but I will definitely take this great advice into account. Pinned.

Leigh Powell Hines - September 6, 2016 Reply

Great tips for parents and children thrive so much with structure.. Thank you for linking up with Small Victories linkup this week.

Kaitlyn - September 6, 2016 Reply

Thank you for sharing! Here lately (since having my 3rd baby who is a heavy crier and having a husband on bed rest following a spinal surgery) I think I’m teaching my three year old laziness! So this was the perfect post I needed to find today (found on Life of Faith Blog Link Up) for some encouragement and motivation!

I plan to implement a checklist for her! But your #1 reason is why. Saying no to something to say yes to something else. She understands choices. She makes choices. But, at the back of her mind, she thinks she’ll eventaully get both choices, even if that isn’t completely possible.

    Alicia Michelle - September 6, 2016 Reply

    YES, Kaitlyn, exactly! My kids need to understand that yes/no trade-off too. I think it will really help them understand the value of our time. It’s not just mom being mean and saying no to a certain scheduled event–there’s a legit trade-off of time that needs to happen! Thanks for sharing!

Valerie - September 8, 2016 Reply

What a great post! I don’t have any children of my own as of yet, but I do think it’s important to teach your kids how to manage their schedules so they can learn the importance of responsibility early.

Bibi - September 9, 2016 Reply

Again, great tips. I will definitely have to keep this in mind when my children get older. Thanks for sharing! I love your blog, it’s so encouraging.
Happy Weekend,
Bibi

Carla S - September 10, 2016 Reply

Some wonderful tips there. With my eldest son he is responsible for how he spends the hour before bedtime and is learning that he can’t start an activity ten minutes prior to going up to bed!
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Linda S - September 11, 2016 Reply

Following a schedule is something that has always been hard for me. Thank you for sharing these tips and ideas to help our children learn how to manage their time and commitments!

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Valerie - September 13, 2016 Reply

Ok, I want to read more! I’m having problems getting my 6-year old to get dressed in time so she can have enough time for breakfast. Looking forward to reading your tips! Thanks for sharing at #100HappyDays Link-UP!

Life as Mum - September 16, 2016 Reply

Great tips here I will be taking these tips on board and bookmarking this post!
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Brie - November 5, 2016 Reply

HI Alicia,
I think this is a great post. We have been working toward getting our 11 year old be more responsibles and take more ownership of her time. I have a question about how you deal with extra-curricular activities. I keep track of them but I laos expect her to keep track of them and in fact will let things slip through the cracks if she is negelecting to write things down etc. I have thought about having a family calendar on the fridge where we all write our activities so we are communicating. I struggle with this however because I am not sure if by doing thisI am just enabling her to not have to tak ownership of her extracurricular activities or am i giving her a tool to hep her be successful?

    Alicia Michelle - December 21, 2016 Reply

    Hi Brie! Thanks for reaching out and sharing your situation. Every parent will handle things differently of course, but I agree that kids need to increase in responsibility as they get older–even to the point if it means letting things slip through the cracks. There’s that fine line between giving kids the tools/resources to be successful and then letting them learn to use the tools for themselves. This is the stage we’re at with our older boys too (ages 14 and 12). We have given them the tools (and are always there to help them learn how to use them best, or to research new ways to get the task done) but we also step back and let them do it for themselves so that they can increase in responsibility and truly “own” that task. It’s frustrating for sure sometimes, but a critical component of parenting! So… yes, I would say give her the tools that you think would set her up for success (such as a family calendar) but ultimately leave the responsibility to complete the tasks in her hands. 🙂 Blessings to you as you sort through this! 🙂

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