She should think about assignments and events in advance of when they happen. Then, she should come up with a method to help things go smoothly. Finally, she should follow through.

Here are some things your teen can do to be prepared:

  • Write everything down. Few people have the perfect memory required to mentally keep track of all they need to do. Your teen should learn to post important dates on calendars, keep to-do lists, and record assignments and meetings in an assignment book.
  • Check with others. Even the best-laid plans don’t work if there’s a conflict. For example, your teen’s plans to drive to the library on Saturday won’t work if the family has only one car and it’s already spoken for. She’ll have to come up with another plan.
  • Run the family for a day. This is a great real-life lesson in how good planning can be the difference between getting things done and having things fall apart. Put your teen in charge of all family plans for a Saturday. Expect her to make all arrangements. At the end of the day, review how things went. Ask her how she thinks she did, and what she could have done differently.

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