This Hack Works All the Time: How to Use a Timer as a Parenting Tool! by Christie Gosch

Parenting
a year ago

A timer is a great parenting! Use it to tackle a chore you just don’t want to do. 

  • Set a timer for 15 minutes and scrub/haul/dust away. When the timer goes off you can walk away knowing you attacked it.
  • A timer can help transitions go smoother for kids. Talk to your child about how much time is left before you have to leave and set the timer together. When it goes off your child tends to feel part of the decision that it’s time to switch gears. 
  • Set the timer for 5 minutes to give your child undivided attention for homework or to tell you the details of their day with no phone or chore interruptions!

And there's no time like the present to buy one!

Owl Timer
Owl Timer $7
Adorable wide-eyed owl kitchen timer doubles as counter top décor.
Frog Timer
Frog Timer $8
You'll love getting timed by this adorable frog!
Piggy Wiggy and Moo Moo Timers
Piggy Wiggy and Moo Moo Timers $12.50
Mechanical; no need for batteries!
Extended Ring Timer
Extended Ring Timer $12
Timer provides a single ring when the specified time has ended.
Christie Gosch
Love the cute timers! Wish I had one of these when my kids were little - they would have enjoyed setting it themselves!
Renee Herren
I have found that incorporating a timer in daily activities is one of the best ways to motivate my son and my students. The pig timer might be my favorite!
Christie Gosch
Agreed! Motivates me too :) Thanks for the comment.

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

The Tooth Fairy Is Coming! Be Prepared With These Parenting Hacks!

The First Year As a First-Time Parent: Living on Coffee, Cold Medicine & a Prayer

Parenting Different Personalities in Kids: 3 Ways to Encourage Your Kids' Uniqueness & Interests!

3 Tips to Help Parents Transition From Summer Time to School Time!

Got 30 seconds? Sign up for 30Seconds.com and get the best of our tips each week!