Today’s tip is all about timers!
I discovered the beauty of timers when a fellow mom showed up at a women’s craft night at our church with hers. We were all tucked into a back room and she walked in, plopped her stuff down on a table, sat down, and pulled out an egg timer!
A lot of us looked at her like she was strange, so she explained to us that since she is the mother of five Little Darlings, she had on more than one occasion forgotten to pick up one of her little dears from somewhere because the time had gotten away from her. So she carried a timer with her so she can set it to go off and remind her she has to leave to go pick someone up!
- Set a timer while your child is in “time out.” (At our house, we set the timer for how long they have to stand with their nose on the wall.)
- Use the timer to count down how many minutes left until nap time or bed time. My kids are much easier to get in bed if I set our timer for 10 minutes and tell them to head to their rooms when it goes off.
- Set a timer for their play time. If I need to leave in a certain amount of time, I set the timer so they know they need to stop playing when it goes off because we need to leave.
- I also set my timer while their taking a bath. Most kids don’t want to get out of the bathtub. To cut out the stalling tactics and arguments over it, I set my timer for 10 minutes (or longer if we have time) and I start it when I’m finished scrubbing them down. They know they have to put their bath toys away when the timer goes off and get out of the tub.
- Or even use your timer to tell them it’s dinner time! Sometimes I tell my kids that when the timer goes off it’s time to come and eat.