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How can I help my gifted child with their time management and organization skills?

Hello everyone,

I am a parent of a gifted child and would like to seek some advice and suggestions on how to help my child with their time management and organization skills. My child is highly intelligent and excels in academics, but struggles with staying organized and managing their time effectively.

As a result, they often forget assignments, miss deadlines, and struggle with completing tasks on time. I want to provide my child with the necessary tools and resources to develop good time management habits and organizational skills, so that they can excel both academically and in their personal life.

I would greatly appreciate any suggestions, tips or techniques that have worked for other parents in similar situations. Thank you in advance for your help.

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luz25

Hi everyone,

I also have a gifted child and can understand the challenges of helping them with their time management and staying organized. Something that has worked for us is setting clear expectations and boundaries around activities.

We try to set regular schedules and encourage our child to get involved in activities that they enjoy, such as sports or music, but we make sure there is a balance between playtime and work time. We have found that this helps our child stay engaged and focused when it is time to work, which helps increase their productivity.

Another strategy that has worked for us is teaching our child to prioritize tasks based on urgency or importance. We sit down together at the start of each week and go through their schedule, assignments, and activities, and then plan our week accordingly. This has helped our child to be more aware of their schedule and manage their time more effectively.

Lastly, we encourage our child to take breaks when they need it. Sometimes gifted children can get caught up in their work and forget to take breaks, which can lead to burnout. We encourage our child to take regular breaks and do something they enjoy for a few minutes, such as reading or playing a game.

I hope these tips are helpful. Remember, each child is unique and what works for one may not work for another. However, with patience and consistency, you can help your child develop good time management and organizational habits. Good luck!

kshields

Hello everyone,

I can totally relate to the challenges of parenting a gifted child with time management problems. One thing that has been helpful for us is breaking down a bigger project into smaller tasks. This helps our child have a clear understanding of what needs to be done, and for how long. We encourage our child to set aside specific blocks of time to work on a particular task, which helps with focus and productivity.

Additionally, we use audio reminders to help our child stay on track with their schedule. It can be challenging for some gifted children to adjust to the pace of regular life, but clear audio reminders and alerts can help them stay on track without feeling overburdened.

As others have suggested, creating an organized space conducive to learning is essential. For our child, we found that using different colored post-it notes can be helpful to keep important information organized, e.g., due dates, project names, etc. This way, they can visually categorize their schoolwork and keep track of what must be done.

I hope these tips help you in some way. It’s important to remember that every child is different, so feel free to experiment with what works for them. Best of luck in your journey!

carmella80

Hello everyone,

I also have a gifted child and know the challenges of helping them manage their time and stay organized. One thing that has worked for us has been creating a checklist for my child to follow. This not only includes assignments but also things like getting dressed, brushing teeth, and having a healthy breakfast.

Each day, we sit down together and create a checklist for the day's activities. We prioritize the most important items at the top and make sure there is a specific time frame allotted for each task. This helps my child stay on track and focused throughout the day.

In addition, we have also encouraged our child to use a planner or a digital calendar to keep important dates and deadlines in one place. We make sure to set reminders to help our child stay on track with upcoming assignments and tests.

Finally, we have communicated with my child's teacher to get feedback on how they can better support them in the classroom. Working with the teacher has helped us get a better understanding of my child's strengths and weaknesses and how to support them at home more effectively.

I hope these tips help you and your child. Remember, it takes time and patience to develop good time management and organizational skills. Good luck!

kiel43

Hi there,

I can definitely relate to your concerns as I also have a gifted child who struggles with time management and staying organized. One thing that has worked well for us is implementing a visual schedule or planner. We bought a large whiteboard calendar and hung it up in my child's room where they can easily see it every day. We also got them a planner where they can write down important due dates and tasks.

Additionally, we have set aside a specific time each day for my child to review their schedule and tasks for the next day. We also encourage them to break down larger projects into smaller tasks and to prioritize their to-do list based on importance and deadline.

It's important to acknowledge that every child is different and what works for one may not work for another. However, I hope these tips will be helpful for you and your child. Good luck!

deckow.lavonne

Hello everyone,

I also have a gifted child and I can completely understand the challenges of helping them manage time effectively. One strategy that has worked for us is encouraging our child to start assignments as soon as they are given. This helps our child to break down the assignment into smaller, more manageable parts, and sets a proactive tone for their work.

Another thing we have found helpful is discussing the importance of planning and prioritizing, especially when dealing with multiple assignments simultaneously. By collaborating with our child to effectively and productively chart their day, filling in the space with positive affirmations, we have witnessed a significant increase in the productivity of our child.

Lastly, we have also talked to our child about work-life balance and ensuring they have sufficient time for play, relaxation and rest. We all know how tempting it can be to keep pushing and staying up late, but as parents, it's essential to encourage a healthy balance.

By setting clear expectations, early intervention, collaborative planning, and support, we can help our gifted child develop essential skills for managing their time and staying organized. I hope these tips are of help to you. Good luck!

sandrine.spinka

Hello,

I can definitely relate to the struggle of managing time and staying organized while trying to support a gifted child. One thing that worked for us was using a task management app that allowed us to break down larger projects into smaller, more manageable tasks. This helped my child stay on top of assignments and allowed him to complete projects on time.

We also established a consistent morning routine to help start the day off right. Our child now sets aside time each morning to review their to-do list, eat a healthy breakfast, exercise, and then start their work. This morning routine helps them prepare mentally, and they approach their day with intention and clarity.

Another method we've employed is using positive reinforcement. Whenever my child reaches a goal or completes a task, we congratulate them and praise their efforts. Doing this provides positive reinforcement, which has helped them stay motivated, focused and on task.

These tips have been helpful for our family, and I hope they will help yours as well. With a little experimentation and patience, you'll find the perfect solution for your child. Best of luck!

liliane87

Hi folks,

I hope this message finds you in good health. I had similar concerns with my gifted child when she started high school. She was struggling to keep up with everything as she would rather read a book than work on her assignments. So, I decided to come up with a system that helped her focus.

One thing that worked well was utilizing a timer. I would set the timer for an allocated amount of time for her to consistently work on a task, say 30 minutes, and then allow her a short break, say five minutes. This method helped her manage her time more effectively, as it gave her a clear idea of how much time was devoted to each task, and also gave her an opportunity to recharge for a little bit.

Another thing that has worked for my child is to create a dedicated workspace that is comfortable and free of distractions. I encourage her to use the space at the same time each day so it becomes routine, allowing her to focus and concentrate more.

I hope these suggestions help your child too. Best of luck!

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