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ADHD in Children Health Center

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Time Management for Teens and Tweens With ADHD

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For example, you could:

  • Tell your child: "The kitchen is open at 7:30 a.m. At 7:50 a.m., it closes."
  • Set an alarm to go off at 7:30 a.m. when breakfast starts.
  • Establish a rule that if your child isn't in the kitchen by 7:50, he or she doesn't get breakfast.
  • Enforce the rule. It won’t help if you don’t stick with it.

Your child shouldn’t just rely on you to keep him on schedule. Have him set an alarm clock to get himself up in the morning. To keep aware of time, you may want to get him a watch.

Organize Work Spaces

Clear the clutter off your teen's workspace so there's room to organize homework and space to study. It's hard for kids to get anything done when their desk is covered in a messy pile of papers.

Have organizers and storage bins handy to keep papers, pencils, and other desk accessories in their proper places. Once you show your child how to organize things, tell him you expect him to keep it organized. Schedule time to put things away. Not just in the work space, but in his room as well.

You will have good days and bad days. Your child's time management skills won’t improve overnight. But if you stick with these steps and stay consistent, your tween or teen will get better at staying on task.

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Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari, MD on May 04, 2015
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