Monday, March 31, 2014

Time Management Skills for Kiddos

Time management is fundamentally a learned skill and an overall good practice for children and adults. The importance of developing good time management skills starts at a young age. From simply understanding the concept of time to juggling homework and after school activities, the benefits of having good time management skills are invaluable.

The best way to promote time management is through consistency. Start by integrating time management practices into your weekly routine. Don’t forget to balance work and play. It is easy to get caught up in the chaos of everyday life. Remember, kids still need to be kids.

Below are a few examples of time management practices to get you and your child started on the path to freedom and efficiency!

Invest in a Clock or Watch – This might sound like a “no brainer" but it is an important step in teaching time management to a child. Many people use their smart phones to track everything, including time. If you are a parent that falls into this category, invest in a clock for your home or a watch for your child.

Organization – Organization goes hand in hand with time management. Designate specific places for your child’s belongings. From clothes to toys, your child should know where everything goes. Tasks and chores will take half the time. Even backpacks need a place to live!

Instructions for the DIY BackPack Wall 

Charts – Charts can be a fun way to visually show the tasks that need to be completed. Start by creating a chart for morning or nightly routines. Eventually charts can be created for other weekly routines such as chores or homework. A good example is this free morning chart download from Illi Style. 

Calendars & Agendas – Create or purchase a calendar and/or agenda for your child. Teach children to write things down and prioritize their time. Break down tasks or activities into increments of time. Include start and end times. Don’t limit tasks to only deadlines or appointments. Include time for playing and relaxing. Eventually you can begin to color code activities, homework and tasks.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Free Idea Fair Luncheons in Your Area

Over the next few weeks Gifts' N Things will host Idea Fair Luncheons around the region in appreciation for the hard working school communities. These informal luncheons will feature prize giveaways and a free lunch on Gifts 'N Things. Check the list below to see if a luncheon is being held in your area.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Good Taste Chinese Buffet
200 Jericho Turnpike
Mayfair Shopping Center
(631) 543-9583

Thursday, March 27, 2014
J.B. Dawson’ Restaurant
92 N. Flowers Mill Road
(215) 702-8119

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Toscani - Wood Fire Grill
1101 Rocky Drive
(610) 678-4060

Thusrday, April 3, 2014
2805 Center Valley Parkway
(610) 798-9000

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
TGI Friday’s (attached to Holiday Inn)
880 Kidder Street
(570) 823-9923

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Red Robin
5125 Jonestown Road
(717) 540-8600

Thursday, April 10, 2014
TGI Friday’s 
301 North Pottstown Pike
(610) 594-6646

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
J.B. Dawson’s
491 Park City Center
(717) 399-3996

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The Chateau Resort
300 Camelback Road
(800) 245-5900

Thursday, May 1, 2013
Gifts ‘N Things
26 East Locust Street
(610) 944-1400 

If you attend one of our luncheons, be sure to ask how you can win a $50 gift card to and a $300 Carnival Kit for your school.