Help kids organize their own schedules
Here's how my cousin Leslee solved scheduling hassles in her very busy family:
I was trapped in that nagging circle of hell: “Do your homework!”, “Get dressed for karate!”, “You have to read for half an hour!” which was invariably followed by the whining (theirs, not mine). Using the time-management chart, the kids can schedule their OWN time. I remind them that 4:00pm has arrived, but they can’t whine to ME about the schedule, because THEY made it! It also lets them see exactly how much free time they really have.
Here's how to make your own chart:
Open a manila folder (or use card-stock). Write half-hour blocks of time on the left (make each block 1 inch tall). Cut out 1 inch strips of paper. Write the various activities on each piece of paper. Put double sided tape on the back of each one. Let the child decide which block of time is used for which activity every day. Use wider strips for longer activities (i.e., swimming practice is always 1.5 hours long, so the strip is 3 inches wide). Tape the schedule on the fridge or in a central location for all to see!