Increasing Productivity: The Productivity Minute #15: Back To School Goal Setting For Parents And Their Kids

Back to school goal setting for parents and their kids. How can we as parents help our children to be more productive? Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro(R), talks about how we can be proactive and help our children plan for success in school.

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  1. Laura,

    Great post. As the father of 4 kids: grades 10, 9, 6, and 4 we have to stay organized if we want them to succeed. We use the beginning of the school year to set goals and identify projects as you suggested and it has worked great.

    Our three oldest kids are in the Beta club (honors for grades and character–fourth child is too young), and all of the kids are in activities such as marching band and Girl Scouts. We keep a Google calendar (which I one-way sync with my work Outlook) to track all events, mid-term and final tests, project due dates and milestones, band and Girl Scout events, and other family events. We do not allow the kids to overschedule (2 activities MAX-1 typical)which allows them to rest and allows us all to attend each other’s activities.

    Other success factors: recreational computer time/video games are limited to an hour per day and no TV for the kids during the school week (no TV/PC in kids rooms-period). We work on homework with the kids, they quiz each other (builds reading and math skills), and do household chores. We have a lot of fun and they have a lot of success. Life is good–organization makes it possible!!