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At a Glance: Time Management Issues in Grade School

By Amanda Morin

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Grade-schoolers often dawdle and procrastinate. But major problems with time management could be executive functioning difficulties. If your child struggles with time management, you may notice some of the following signs.

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At a Glance: Time Management Issues in Grade School

How do you know if your grade-schooler has time management issues or is just being a typical kid? Here are signs to look out for.

Runs Out of Time
At home: Your child is still getting dressed when the rest of the family is ready to go.
At school: Your child’s test isn’t done when time is up.
The issue: Kids with time management issues find it tough to judge how much time a task is going to take.

Runs Out of Steam
At home: Your child works carefully when she starts coloring a picture. But then she rushes through the rest and is unhappy with the result.
At school: Your child sprints the first half of the mile in gym class but walks the rest (even after the teacher reminds the class to pace themselves).
The issue: Kids with time management issues tend to hit the ground running and then stop halfway through—instead of doing the entire task at a steady pace.

Runs Out of Patience
At home: Your child joins a sports team but wants to quit when practice focuses on skills instead of just playing the game.
At school: Your child is excited to learn a new math concept but gets frustrated when she doesn’t automatically “get” how to do division.
The issue: Kids with time management issues have a hard time understanding that what they want to do can take time to learn.

Runs Out of Ideas
At home: Your child wants to run a lemonade stand. But she has trouble figuring out the steps to put it together.
At school: Your child’s teacher helps her figure out how much time to spend on writing each part of a story. But your child gets stuck on a small detail and turns it in half finished.
The issue: Kids with time management issues have trouble breaking a task into smaller steps and following a plan once one is devised.
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Amanda Morin

A parent advocate and former teacher, Amanda Morin is the proud mom of kids with learning and attention issues and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Reviewed by Bob Cunningham, M.A., Ed.M. Dec 14, 2013 Dec 14, 2013

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