If your kids are anything like mine, they don’t like being told that an activity they are enjoying is about to end. And, if you’re anything like me, you’ll say something like, “In five minutes you need to be done playing the Wii” and then you walk off and do laundry and clean up after breakfast and whoops! 15 minutes have passed. And your kids will never learn how long 5 minutes really is.
That’s why me and the kitchen timer are good friends.
When the boys have a set amount of time to do something, I just set a timer in the kitchen. It is truly amazing how much less protesting there is when the timer goes off and indicates that an activity is over vs. me telling them it’s over. And I’m all about keeping the outbursts to a minimum here without compromising my authority, so this works for me!
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