Punctuality gives children the headstart they need in life and plays a very vital role in increasing their academic and professional success.
Enough has been said and written about the obvious benefits of punctuality. Professionals and adults embrace punctuality not just because it’s an admirable trait, but also because it lets them live a brand new life that’s worth emulating. While children need punctuality as it gives them stability, security, and self-confidence.
Being unpunctual is always seen as a potential red flag for several reasons. A child’s success in school and life ultimately depends on having a solid academic background, something that they will gain only through punctuality in life.
Why punctuality matters to students?
We have all come across people that are punctual in their lives. They have their day pretty much sorted. They plan their day in a manner that every minute is accounted for. In a lay man’s term punctuality is the habit of doing a task in time. In a much broader sense, it’s a habit of doing things at the right time, on any given day.
Similarly, a punctual child will always get respect and acceptance from school, family, and society. They will be admired by their parents and teachers. They will become examples that others will follow.
Punctual children will always get success in their studies. During school term time, punctuality ensures that they don’t miss any part of the lesson. It also helps students manage their academic and personal life. Being punctual as a student, you’ll find it easier to get done your work on time and thus get success in your career as well.
These are the reason why children must incorporate punctuality into their lives.
- It shows your integrity
If you have promised to study something or complete an assignment before time but were unable to do so, then you have essentially broken the promise. On the other hand, if you submit the assignment on or before time, then your class teacher and classmates will see you as a man with integrity.
- You will be seen as dependable
People have faith in someone they deem as dependable. Similarly, punctual children will be seen as more responsible and dependable. They will be given more responsibilities with the assurance that they will manage those responsibilities easily.
- It will build your self-confidence
Being punctual not only makes you dependable but also helps you to build your confidence. For example, when people depend on you and give you more tasks, you know that they have placed trust in you. This will build your self-confidence and you get an assurance that you can handle larger tasks.
- It sharpens your discipline
Punctuality is just one of the several methods to live a disciplined life. Once you become punctual in all of your daily dealings, it will help you kick away laziness and negative attitude from your life. It also has a chain reaction on other aspects of your life as it helps you become a better person.
- Route to Success
Punctual people, whether professionals or students, always plan in advance and are clear about what they want from life. They have a long-term focus and vision. They will work toward achieving that, however difficult that may be. Top people in the business, sports, politics, and arts field are always punctual and that’s visible in their success.
- You must lead by example
We all know that children follow adults in whatever they do. Unless you don’t set good examples, there’s no way you can expect children to follow you. You must set examples at home like going to bed on time, eating dinner at the same time every evening, getting up early every morning, so on and so forth.
- Give tasks that can be managed on time
To instill a sense of punctuality in your children, you must give them tasks and when they complete on time, you can give them a reward. For example, ask them to sort their toys and when they complete it successfully, reward them with an extra hour of TV time. Another example is when they complete their homework on time, take them to a movie or a park. Keep the tasks as simple as possible.
- Tell them the consequence of being unpunctual
You must tell your children in clear terms that time is precious and once it’s lost, it’s lost forever. This will put in them a sense of respect for time. You should let them know the consequences of doing something late of delaying it.
- Tell them about the integrity
Tell your child how being punctual is seen as a good virtue by people. Explain to them that people with punctuality are looked upon with integrity and are considered as bigger responsibilities— both in school and at workplaces.
- Provide Guidance
Children need to be guided at all levels. They will make mistakes and falter in the beginning, but it’s your job to guide them at every step of the way. Teach them about punctuality every day and every time. Don’t expect things to turn good instantly. Have patience.
Children that learn the importance of punctuality in the initial years of their life early get the ability to perform better and achieve greater success later in their lives. As a parent, you must become the catalyst to help them become punctual and see their achievements.