Hurry up! We’ve gotta leave in 10 minutes…
We’ve said these words approximately 7.5 billion times (just an estimate) to our children. And yet they seem to hear the following words instead, “just keep on doing exactly what you’re doing, don’t change a thing and eventually I’m gonna stop talking and leave the room.”
Can I get an amen?
And if you have kids who deal with attention, focus and/or anxiety issues, it feels like everyone’s blood pressure skyrockets even more at those time sensitive points like getting out the door for school or making it to an activity on time.
Something that was recommended to me awhile back and I’ve since shared with other parents is the Time Timer. Unlike other timers, it has a red display that slowly winds down, offering a visual cue for kids. If I set it on the breakfast table, my daughter can look at it and see the time actually winding down. If she gets distracted in a book while eating her cereal, she can look up and realize – hey, I gotta get moving.
It’s difficult for kids to understand the difference between 10 minutes and half an hour. It all sounds like the future, it all sounds like not right this instant. After all, no one is yelling yet!
Now I’m not claiming that your household will magically transform if you start using something like this; however, I do believe it’s a useful tool to be aware of. Some kids go with the flow better than others. Mine need lots of cues.
Is there anything you’ve started using that has helped your kids and improved family rhythms? I’d love to know!
Note: We do not receive any compensation for mentioning this product, it’s simply something our family uses and enjoys and we feel like sharing.