3. Plan breaks.
After establishing a reasonable break schedule, find out what she would like to do during her breaks and how long each break should last. Young children or hyperactive children may sit for 20 minutes and then need a break, but they may only need five minutes to run around or do some jumping jacks. Older children might work for 60 to 90 minutes or more and then need a break for 30 or 40 minutes. Any schedule that works for your child is fine. It may take some trial and error to find the best flow, and it’s likely to change as your child develops.
4. Manage weekend work.
It’s not unusual for students to ignore their schoolwork until Sunday night. You can avoid the last-minute stress by making a weekend schedule on Friday that shows how her time is allotted for recreation and homework.
Teaching time-management skills at a young age will help lead to self-regulation, limit setting, and learning how to prioritize—all skills necessary for success in life.
Reprinted with permission from Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities. Dr. Lisa Rappaport is a licensed psychologist providing psychodiagnostic evaluations, counseling, and interventions for children with learning disabilities and psychiatric disorders in New York City. She is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.