Life in a House of Testosterone received What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management? mentioned below in exchange for this review. All opinions stated are my own.
I first met Leslie Josel in August 2013 when I had the chance to review her Academic Planner that is specifically designed to help students with time management and to enable them to see their entire week at a glance. I use the same week-at-a-glance system to keep me organized, why shouldn’t my children benefit from the same system?
Once I had a chance to review the planner – I was hooked. I actually used it for an entire year since my son’s school would not allow him to use it at the time. They had their own specific planners that they required the students use which was also a weekly calendar on two pages – but it did not account for after school activities, or weekends, or really being able to plan in advance with missing days and time slots.
Having a child with ADHD is challenge enough, add to the mix that said child is (a) a boy (b) hates homework and (c) hates school – I’ve got my hands full. I devour every single new article or tidbit of information that Leslie shares on her website, Order Out of Chaos.
I cannot tell you how many times I have found the answer to getting my teen and tween back on track at Order Out of Chaos. Leslie, being a mom herself, knows exactly what we are going through and how to deal with the issues that arise with our ADHD children.
Today I want to talk to you about Leslie’s new book – “What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management.” This book takes parents step-by-step through the basics of teaching their teens the time management skills they need to succeed—at school, at work and in life!
In a readable, breezy and witty fashion, Josel opens the door to the world of time management, what it really means, why it’s important and why your teen probably doesn’t “get it.” And throughout the book, Josel offers up the “Triple Ts” – her tried and true Tips, Tools and Techniques – to give support and guidance for parents looking to help their teens understand, develop and implement time management skills.
In this book, you’ll learn:
- The FIVE mindsets parents need to start their teen on the journey of time management awareness.
- How to create a “Personal Homework Profile” to better understand how your teen tackles homework.
- How to help your teen create a time sense and develop “future awareness”.
- How to pick an appropriate paper or electronic academic planner and how to properly plan their time.
- How to create a peaceful and calm morning routine to get your teen out the door.
- Case studies, useful resources, Leslie’s straight talk and much, much more!
Check out the video for a personal message from Leslie herself:
I cannot to tell you how useful I’ve found this latest book. One of my biggest downfalls – especially when dealing with an ADHD child and a teenager at that – is to want to add EVERYTHING new that I learned IMMEDIATELY, as in ALL AT ONCE. That is the surest way to fail and have your teenager hiding in the closet. I learned to focus on one area that we want to tackle the most, and move forward from there. Good advice!
One of the things that I found myself nodding in agreement with (although there were many!) is having a “body double” for your teenager. My teen likes to sit on our bed and do his homework and listen to his music while I work. He rarely talks to me other than to ask a question now and again, but the comfort of being in the same room, in the same space with me helps him to stay on task while I’m tapping away on the computer.
What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management? is literally bursting at the seams with great tools that parents can implement in their own lives with their teens to help them become better at managing their time and their activities.
Leslie offers a free download of the Project Management and Time Maps directly from her website, and a listing of her favorite Time Management Resources for Students that will make a mother giddy with anticipation! (Well, it did for me!)
Above all, do not get discouraged if your teen doesn’t jump right on board with you. Change is a scary for a lot of kids, and if you’re going to jump in and start changing things around in your teenager’s life – even though you know it is for the greater good and benefit in the end – expect resistance at first. As with anything, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE is what it takes to master a skill. So keep asking questions to get them thinking to manage their time, and remember – it’s only the beginning of the journey!
Right now you can pick up What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management? for just $10.00 plus free shipping from Order Out of Chaos. In addition, if you order the Academic Planner before May 15, 2015, you can add on the What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management? book for just $7.00 more and save yourself 21% off the price of the planner! Check out the package deal here.