The idea for Planners4Kids started as I watched my oldest daughter struggle with organization. At the time I also had a 1 and 5 year old, and I wanted her to take some ownership of her schedule. She was 7 years old and needed a lot of help managing her time with school and sports. She would spend a block of time doing something without thinking about the time she was giving up to do other things that she considered more important and would regret it later.
Her 5 year old sister was naturally very organized. I was convinced that time management is a skill that can be learned, and I was determined to teach her since I saw that her younger sister could do it. I personally did not get organized until I learned the hard way when I went to college and was on my own. I wanted to teach my oldest daughter time management before it got out of control, and I wanted to start with a planner. When I searched the internet I could only find wall calendars for kids. I could not find a planner that was simple enough or that would keep her interested, so I decided to make my own.
“The scary part of starting the business is not having a template to follow.”
When I realized the potential for other kids to learn organization through the planner, I began to make more and survey how they were being used by friends’ kids. I consulted with teachers, researched, made multiple prototypes, and finally created Planners4Kids after about 2 years.
Why is Planners4Kids special?
Planners help kids build self esteem by letting them take control of their day. The process of placing a sticker on the event date, or writing the event down, helps with memory and awareness of the upcoming date. Kids starting now have a better chance of getting in the habit of planning ahead.
Any initial challenges you want to talk about?
The scary part of starting the business is not having a template to follow. Was there a reason for the lack of kid planners on the market? I start the weeks in my planner on Monday, instead of the traditional Sunday. Would that work? Were kids simply not ready for planners? My advice to other entrepreneurs is to keep moving. I’ve had to change direction at times, but kept going. Adaptation and constant learning.