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At a Glance: Time Management Issues in Middle School

By Amanda Morin

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In middle school, your child’s time is in high demand. Managing homework, afterschool activities, chores and a social life can be hard for any middle-schooler. You might notice the following behaviors if your child is having more trouble with time management than middle school kids typically have.

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At a Glance: Time Management Issues in Middle School

Kids with time management issues may find it hard to juggle the demands of middle school. Here are signs that your child’s difficulties go beyond the typical.

Often Procrastinates
At home: Your child usually doesn’t start weekend homework until bedtime on Sunday night.
At school: Your child typically doesn’t start her writing assignment until halfway through the class period.
The issue: Without significant help, kids with time management issues typically can’t gauge how long something might take.

Is Overextended
At home: Your child makes multiple conflicting plans with friends for Saturday afternoon.
At school: Even though your child doesn’t have time to finish homework at night, she keeps joining sports teams and even tries out for the school play.
The issue: Kids with time management issues don’t always have a good sense of how much time and effort need to be invested in one activity, let alone many.

Is Overwhelmed
At home: Your child complains that cleaning her room is “too hard” or “too much work.”
At school: Your child should be on step 3 of her science fair project, but she hasn’t even chosen a topic yet.
The issue: Kids with time management issues have a hard time breaking a project down into smaller steps.

Keeps Changing Tactics
At home: Your child sets out to clean her whole room, then decides to only organize her desk.
At school: Your child comes up with a good idea for an elaborate story for creative writing, but ends up writing something much less involved.
The issue: Kids with time management issues often have trouble completing all the steps for a big project.
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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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