High school is such an excit- ing time of transition. One important transition area is that of personal organization. In our home, children transfer from
being completely under my schedule to
taking ownership of it for themselves, so
that, by graduation, time management is
an essential skill they have in their tool
belt. The following are our top five recommendations for helping teens get organized.
At the beginning of each school year
or semester, sit down for a few minutes
and discuss what subjects the student is
covering. Decide which classes will go
all year and which will be one semester.
Often at this age, your student will have
home commitments, outside opportu-
nities and classes. Discuss and outline
these elements of their schedule, and
discuss priorities at the beginning of the
semester. At this point, your teen should
have a grasp of how his weeks will flow
before the semester starts.
Give each student his own planner. As
soon as he receives a schedule of any
kind, teach him to track it in his planner.
Add it to your own planner as well. This
includes everything from sports schedules, work schedules, church activities,
syllabi from outside classes and the like.
Once all appointments are tracked, check
and verify that your calendars match.
Once a student is in high school, I no
longer keep a school binder. The vast
amount of paperwork they acquire
would quickly overfill a typical binder.
Instead, group certain things. Most subjects should get their own notebook (or
in the case of math, several notebooks.)
And all their work for each class should
be kept there. Give your student some fil-
ing cabinet space or a cardboard file box
of their own. That is where he can store
mementos, schoolwork overflow, and art.
I highly recommend teaching students to
store all papers they complete in an elec-
tronic drive that stores in the cloud, off
To simplify life a bit, try to have consistent chores. Rotating chores among children may still be an option if the time
to complete chores remains the same,
but in our home we decided that rotating chores on a yearly basis works quite
well. Different chores require different
kinds of commitments. For example,
laundry can be done anytime people are
awake so that it can be put away. Kitchen
duties, however, must be performed
promptly after each meal. Think about
their whole schedule, and see what works
best. The important part about chores is
to clearly state your expectations, and
keep them consistent. Teens have a lot on
their plates emotionally, physically, and
5 Ways to Help
Your Teens Get &
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