Jan 7, 2008

Getting Back on the Horse: WAH Tip Monday - Timers


Welcome back everyone! :) Although my original intention was not to take so much time off, I am well rested and ready to roll with the new year and I hope you are too!

First let me welcome a new contributor to the blog! You may have seen her first post yesterday, but in case you haven't had the chance yet, head on over and meet Alyssa Avant a.k.a The Spiritual Wahmmy by clicking here. I know you'll love Alyssa and welcome her with open arms!

Now, onto today's Work at Home Tip Monday! Our good friend Nicole Dean of Show Mom the Money, is back with a great tip this week!

Buy a timer!
If your children are old enough to understand the concept of time, invest in a timer. It’s a life saver. The next time you need uninterrupted working time, tell the kids that you’re setting the timer for 20 minutes. If they give you 20 minutes of uninterrupted work time, then reward them with quality time with you. Play a board game together or go to the park.

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This is one tip that I will soon be starting to reinforce in my home, for silent work time, but also to help with the potty training efforts of Hunter. I think at 2, he can learn to grasp the concept of "If the timer goes off it's time to potty." Don't you?

Then if we get that down pat, we'll work on the uninterrupted work time.

Have you used timers with your kids for work or personal areas of your life? If so, any words of wisdom to make it go smoother for him and I both? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

1 comment:

Meredith said...

One of my favorite tricks is to set the alarm on my cell phone about 5 minutes before it is time to leave the park or playground. Works like a charm :)