Prioritizing for Kids
Updated: Mar 4, 2019
Teaching kids to prioritize can be a challenge. Heck, adults can even have a hard time prioritizing. But, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. Like anything, you have to start with the first step. So let’s start stepping!
In this post we will talk about what it means to prioritize and learn the 3 questions your kids should ask themselves in order to get it done.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
What does it mean to prioritize?
Prioritizing means completing important tasks first!
How do we know what is important?
In order to know what is important, have your kids ask themselves these 3 questions...
(A video for you about teaching your kids to prioritize.)
THE 3 QUESTIONS ALL KIDS SHOULD ASK THEMSELVES WHEN LEARNING TO PRIORITIZE:
1st: Is this important for my health?
Keeping our bodies healthy is so important, so have your kids ask themselves this question when they have a choice between what they should do first.
You can walk your kids through the following examples:
Question: If you really want to finish building a pikachu out of legos but you also need to take a bath, which thing should you do first?
Answer: Take a bath first.
Why: Keeping your body clean is important for your health. Your health is important and should be a priority.
Question: If you really want to finish the last level of Super Mario World but you also need to brush your teeth, which thing should you do first?
Answer: Brush your teeth first.
Why: Keeping your teeth clean is important for your health and should be a priority.
2nd: Is this important for my learning?
Learning makes us smarter and helps us succeed in school and in life.
Here is an example you can go over with your kids:
Question: If you really want to play games after school but you have homework, which should you do first? Games or homework?
Answer: Do homework first.
Why: Doing homework first will help you become smarter and succeed in school.
3rd: Will this help me to be tidy?
Being tidy helps you; it really does! Keeping things tidy helps save you time and helps you to be able to find things easily.
Parents, tell me it this sounds familiar (or something close to this anyway):
Kid: Mom, I can’t find my taekwondo belt.
Mom: Did you look for it?
Mom: Look in your room.
Kid: (1 minute later)…I looked.
Mom: Did you find it?
Mom goes upstairs and looks under the pile of clothes on the bed and, voila, there it is.
Now, just imagine if this child kept a tidy room. This scenario would have been avoided because the kid would know exactly where his or her taekwondo belt would be.
Here is an example that you could talk about with your kids:
Question: If you want to watch tv but your room needs to be cleaned, which should you do first?
Answer: Clean first.
Why: Keeping your room clean will help you to be tidy, which means that you will be able to find things when you need them.
(This is a video that you can watch with your kids that helps to teach them how to prioritize.)
Helpful Reminder for Kids:
Do important tasks right away so that you can have time for fun once you’re done!
Thanks so much for checking out this post! I hope that your kids become masters at prioritizing!
About the author:
I am Jessica from Learning with Jessica Diaz. I have been a teacher for eight years and am a mother of two. I am always reading; I love learning new things! The advice I give you is made up of a combination of real life experience and years of reading! Hope you enjoy.