Raising kids is no simple task for a parent as you need to be on your toes all the time! Taking care and guiding them to be successful teens is indeed a cumbersome task. However, with expert guidance and help in this field, your role as a parent becomes easier. Today’s post is intended for you as a parent on how to teach productivity to kids at an early age. The tips we give you are practical to practice in day-to-day life, and it will go the extra mile in making your child a successful adult as he/she grows up.
The significance of “productivity skills” and why do children need it?
Productivity refers to the measure of how efficiently one can convert “input” into “output” with attention, time, and attention while trying to fulfil a related goal successfully. Essentially, it means completing tasks better or more tasks in lesser time.
When kids are taught the skills of productivity, they can optimize their time, energy, and attention better. They will not procrastinate with their assigned tasks and will be able to complete them daily within time.
Get started at home. Teach productivity to kids using the following proven tips:
1. Write down a “To-Do-List” every morning
Making a time-table for the whole day allows your child to be aware and stay focused on the tasks for the day to be done. The daily “To-Do-List” is just like your child’s school time-table for class periods. The same time-table in the form of a written list can be done at home. Encourage your child to write down a list daily with the tasks he/she has to complete. To make this routine enjoyable and fun, encourage your child to use different colors. For example, important tasks with a limited time can be marked in red as “urgent”, while the rest can be marked in different colors as per their time and priority. With the help of this list, your child will inculcate both productive and organizational skills at an early age.
2. Workout to stay fit
With the ongoing Pandemic, kids are at home most of the time. Sitting at home all day makes your child lethargic and mental development becomes stagnant. As a parent, you should spice things up a bit by introducing a physical workout for your child for at least 15 to 20 minutes a day. Activities like skipping, jumping or running should be encouraged at home. You can even create a fun workout drill as a family to encourage them to physically exercise daily. Sports is another excellent way to get your child to exercise so football, basketball, tennis, badminton, etc are some of the fun sports you can play at home with your child/children.
3. Rattle Their Brains with Educational Games
Instead of making your kids sit in front of the TV when they are free, you can spruce up their mental development skills with fun educational games. In fact, the whole family can play them together and spend quality time with each other. As your kids grow up, these happy moments will become priceless memories for them to cherish for life. Some amazing educational games you can play with your kids are jigsaw puzzles, books with join the dots to make a picture (they can color the picture formed by joining the dots after the task), Scrabbles, board games like Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, etc, can teach your child Maths and the skills of counting quickly.
4. Involve them in simple household chores
Survival skills are important, and when you learn them early in life, you grow up to become a mature and balanced adult. Teaching your kids housework as per their age helps them to become responsible. Productivity needs responsibility. Your kids will become self-sufficient and independent adults when they grow up when they are accountable for every task they do sincerely. Kids love to mimic their parents, so teaching them essential habits of saying clean and neat helps them to keep clutter and disorder away, both physically and mentally.
You can also teach productivity to kids using organisational skills like tidying their clothes, or putting away their Lego or toys after play in a box, and other similar chores helps them to become responsible early in life. You do not have to bribe them with an allowance to make them do their chores. Appreciate and praise them to build their self-esteem and worth. In the process, they will grow up to value themselves and become confident young adults in the future.
Instilling productivity skills as a parent to your child will go a long way in making them independent, successful, and balanced adults as they grow up. Your kids become more successful at school as they overcome the ill-effects of procrastination and know how to make the best use of their time, energy, and attention successfully!