SAN DIEGO – “Helicopter parenting” is so last year! (Or should we say last decade?) Regardless, it’s time to call it quits. This ineffective approach to parenting has resulted in a generation of kids and teens who don’t know how to think or do things for themselves, relying on mom and dad to do all the heavy lifting for them. In 2015, let’s all resolve to take a more proactive approach to teaching kids about time and task management, giving them the life skills and confidence they need to manage and organize themselves. The New Year is the perfect time to develop a new family “game plan” to achieve this goal.
Consider these facts:
According to researchers at the University of Scranton, people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than those that don’t explicitly make resolutions.
More than 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions (that’s more than watch the Super Bowl!).
The number two most popular resolution is to get organized.
Despite good intentions, only eight percent of Americans actually achieve their New Year’s goal.
To make sure your family’s resolutions succeed, you need a plan—and the right tools.
Enter: The M.O.M. Method (Manage and Organize Myself), the first comprehensive, Web-based parenting tool to combine time and task management tools for kids (ages six to 12) and a practical step-by-step parenting guide for moms and dads.
Researchers have linked strong time management skills in kids with success later in life, including both college and career. While knowing how to effectively manage one’s time is a critical life skill, it’s not something children are born with. It must be taught in a conscious and deliberate way and reinforced through daily repetition to form good habits. The M.O.M. Method provides the structure and tools to do just that, so that kids start to understand exactly how much time routine tasks take so they can learn to plan accordingly. This allows everything—from getting ready for school to completing homework and chores—to go much more smoothly for the whole family.
The M.O.M. Method is a cross between a chores chart and a calendar. It goes beyond the basic checklist to teach kids about task management in a more meaningful way by introducing the element of time. New skills are honed in three progressive stages, with kids mastering one set of skills before moving onto the next. Being able to successfully—and independently—plan for the short- and long-term benefits kids at home, school and in all other aspects of their lives. In turn, kids are much better prepared for the more rigorous demands of the “Real World.”
The M.O.M. Method was created as a solution to the real-life challenges Founder Stephanie Katleman was having as a working single-mom. Designed as a recipe for good, positive parenting, the comprehensive program includes:
Time Management—The M.O.M. Method takes the family refrigerator calendar and kid’s chores chart to an entirely new level by providing responsibilities within the context of time—teaching kids to gauge and manage time for all the things they do
Task Management—Unique schedules and parenting methodology to help children to understand what they are responsible for doing and when—from personal care/hygiene to homework to household chores
Calendaring—Weekly and monthly calendars designed just for kids, serving as a road map and visual reminder so kids know what to expect each day so they are totally prepared and ready for action
Point System—An engaging point system to motivate children and help them understand the connection between their effort and the positive results it produces
Reporting—Insightful reports that enable parents to see trends in task performance, so they can make adjustments to their children’s schedules and responsibilities, as needed
Planning Tool—Proprietary online planning wizard that helps children learn the steps involved in short-term planning, from identifying what needs to get done to working backward and estimating time requirements
Communication Tools—Clear and concise worksheets and contracts to help parents and children work as a team to build trust and minimize power struggles
Parenting Resources—A step-by-step guide, parent forum (coming soon), blog, email tips and progress updates to support parents throughout the journey and optimize the family experience
Mobile App—A complement to our web-based program for convenient access (via iPhone/iPad) to checklists, tools and resources on the go
About The M.O.M. Method
The M.O.M. Method is the first comprehensive, Web-based parenting tool to combat “helicopter parenting” by teaching kids (ages six to 12) the time and task management skills necessary to become more self-reliant, while removing parents from the role of task-master.
The software-as-a-service, or SaaS, program and is currently free. Flexible membership plans, starting at $3.99 per month, will be introduced in 2015. For more information or to sign up for The M.O.M. Method, visit www.MomMethod.com. The M.O.M. Method can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.