March 11th, 2014

Hourglass sand timers are great props because the sand can be a visual diversion or distraction to keep your child occupied while waiting. Analog and digital timers can also be helpful.

Timers are excellent for helping children share. Holding the sand timer and watching the timer gives your child something to have, hold, and watch while they are waiting their turn.

Do a Clean-up Blitz with a kitchen timer. Set the timer for 10 minutes at home on a Sunday evening or before dinner. Maybe play some very fast music. Working double-time, straighten up like crazy for ten minutes, then stop immediately when the timer sounds. What doesn’t get done, doesn’t get done.

As in the best of all discipline methods, timers allow you to step out of the discipline picture as your child learns to use timers to regulate themselves.

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