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Teaching Your Child Time Management with the M.O.M. Method
Posted By Jessica Fisher On August 22, 2014 @ 5:05 pm In Announcements,Promotions | No Comments
This post is sponsored by the M.O.M. Method , a new Web-based parenting tool that empowers kids with time and task management skills:
Life is full of things to do. Many of those things are great things: reading good books, learning a new skill, and spending time with one another.
Life is also full of not so great things, some of which feel, act, and look like chores. Your chores may not be the same as mine. I love to cook, so that’s typically not a “chore”. Washing dishes, on the other hand? Total chore.
There’s no doubt that our lives include good and not-so-good, both of which require our time and attention. That we have responsibilities and appointments to keep is no surprise. That we should develop good habits in both and pass those onto our kids? Well, that can be a challenge.
We’ve talked a fair amount about getting ourselves organized  and setting up “work control” systems that suit our personalities and families. I’m a firm believer in finding systems and tweaking them according to the season of life .
Since my husband works as a project manager we deal with the language of “work control” at our house a lot. It’s a businessy word that basically refers to getting things done and meeting deadlines and responsibilities. We have these at home and in the work place. Our kids have deadlines and responsibilities in school and at home, and someday, Lord willing, those will translate to the work place as well.
As parents we get the opportunity to teach our kids to meet deadlines and responsibilities, to do their chores  and schoolwork in a timely manner. But, sometimes we need help beyond our own imaginations.
The M.O.M. (Manage Organize Myself) Method  is a new Web-based parenting tool that empowers kids with time and task management skills. It’s basically a work control system designed with kids, aged 6 to 12, in mind. The program aims to teach kids to understand exactly how much time routine tasks take so they can learn to plan accordingly. This smooths the way for everything a kid needs to do to get done —from getting ready for school to completing homework and household chores.
This method is mashup of a chore chart and a calendar, delivered in a techy way, that goes beyond the basic checklist to teach kids about task management in a more meaningful way by introducing the element of time. How long will something take to do? How do I need to plan for this accordingly?
This video does a great job explaining it:
The M.O.M. Method  includes:
We adults have plenty of apps to help us navigate our daily responsibilities. Of course it makes sense that there would be a tool to help kids make their way through the day as well. The program was designed by Stephanie Katleman, a mom who realized that her son relied on her to direct his every step. She knew she was doing him no favors. I think she’s got a great grasp of what kids and parents need to make the daily routines go well.
“Many kids have a hard time making the transition back to school after summer break, but a structured family game plan is the best way to ensure success,” she says. “Kids thrive on structure and routine. Shifting the responsibility for managing that routine from parent to child mitigates the power struggles, enhances the overall family dynamic and teaches invaluable, long-term life skills.”
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