Organizing your personal schedule can be challenging by itself. Add to that the schedules of multiple children and any number of their activities, and you could spend days trying to keep track of everything that needs to get done.
The key to managing multiple schedules is having the right tools and the right mindset. Here are six tips and tactics for time management for parents:
According to 2015 statistics from the United States Census Bureau, about 80 percent of American children have at least one brother or sister. A sibling relationship is the longest relationship that most siblings will have in their lives, so it’s only natural that siblings can have a huge impact and influence on each other.
The extent of sibling influence can vary greatly from family to family and person to person, and older brothers and sisters can pass down much more than the clothes and toys that they’ve outgrown.
Here are some ways that parents can teach older brothers and sisters how to be good older siblings and encourage good sibling relationships:
Some new parents, especially if they are among the first in their circle of friends to have a child, may find it difficult to stay in touch with their friends who do not yet have a child. It’s rarely intentional. Life simply changes. However, the change in the demands on one’s life doesn’t mean that you have to kiss your old friendships goodbye.
Here are some ways to bridge gaps and stay connected with friends, whether or not they have kids:
Instilling a child with a strong work ethic is critical for success later in life. Most achievements require hard work and determination. By teaching your child that working hard for what he or she wants in life is invaluable and why it’s important to take his or her responsibilities seriously, your child will be well on the road to developing a strong work ethic that can become second nature.
You can start to introduce the concept of a strong work ethic at a young age, which is when it’s best to do so. Here are some guidelines for how to teach work ethic:
Having your child participate in extra-curricular activities is part of raising a well-rounded child. However, what happens if your child tells you that he or she wants to quit? On the one hand, you may want to teach your child to honor his or her commitments. On the other hand, allowing your child to be independent and decide the activities to pursue can also be a valuable life lesson.
Striking a balance between pushing your child to stick with an activity that may have become more challenging, and allowing him or her to quit can be difficult. Consider the following when your child wants to quit an activity: