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Time - the most precious commodity

01 October 2013


How many times do we use or hear the expression, “I haven’t got enough time!”? I have even asked my PA to see if she could possibly find a way of building a couple of extra hours into my day to complete the tasks I need to get done! The life of an adult in the 21st century is one of moving from activity to activity at breakneck speed, but can you imagine what it will be like when our children reach adulthood - for me that is a scary proposition!


Perhaps we need to learn to make time, a concept which may be easier said than done. If we, as adults, can make time, then this knowledge can be passed onto our children, therefore assisting them in their lives as they grow. Finding that opportunity may not be easy, but the potential rewards are immeasurable.


Children are often chastised for daydreaming, but I would propose that this is a child’s opportunity to be creative and reflective. We all benefit from reviewing or reflecting, no matter if that is in a work, social or family situation. It enables us to see what we have done successfully, or not, and put strategies or ideas in place to do better in the future. Surely we should encourage our children to do the same. Without creativity and imagination, nothing would be invented or created, and then where would we be?


For our children, time is precious. We, as parents and teachers, need to provide them with the skills to embrace the future. Without doubt, one of the most valuable will be time management, and if we can educate children when they are young, it will become second nature.


Learning time management and organisational skills will help children understand how to accomplish events or tasks, and how to make time for things they want to do.  Teaching them the distinction between what is important and what is urgent; how to prioritise; how to estimate how long an event or task may take; how to organise their belongings; use a checklist and calendar; how to divide long-term projects into manageable tasks; and how long to spend on the computer, watching TV or playing computer games will reap rewards now and in later life. All of these are taught within The Croft’s PSHE curriculum.


In addition, allowing children to play, be creative, to daydream, actually teaches them to use time effectively. This is a child’s time to be reflective and to learn from experience. So how can we help? That is relatively easy; give them the opportunity and the time!


Time is most precious as children grow up, it always seems to disappear faster than anyone can imagine. So let us help our children, and even ourselves, by creating the time – who knows you may even enjoy it!