"Put your shoes on."
"Please eat breakfast."
"No, I don't know where your shoes are."
I don't know about you but our mornings used to be ripe with these and probably a hundred others. Kip is going back to school in a few weeks, and I wanted to keep up the fun, relaxed, and enjoyable mornings that we've had going for the past few months. I didn't want to turn into nagging mommy, stressed-out mommy, or "hurry up!!!" mommy.
Enter my new morning miracle worker ... the hourglass timer.
I've been trying to figure out how to help Kip (5 years old) the concept of time but using the timer on his iPad was not working as he'd end up mesmerized by that intoxicating screen and still not get done what he needed to do.
I hopped over to my good friend, Mr. Amazon, and found these great hourglass timers. I quickly ordered three of them: hour, 3o minutes, and 5 minutes. My requirements were: not breakable. The 5-minute timer arrived with a cracked shell but the box looked like it'd been run over by the delivery truck.
Here's how we're using them:
Result: we've not had one single whining, nagging, "hurried" morning yet. I wanted to start this "system" a few weeks before school, so that when we need to be up and out the door for school, this wouldn't be "new" to him.
I also turn the timer over for his evening tasks and again if he completes them, he earns one of his poker chip "monies."
These timers have changed our world. I'm actually looking forward to starting the new school year and having these timers is how I'm going to be getting kids ready for school.
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Go from feeling like you're 10 steps behind at the end of every day to feeling like you have all the time in the world to finish what needs to be done and with time left over ...