Monday, June 21, 2010

No Concept Of Time

Do your kids have a concept of time? I am willing to bet that even if they do, let's say they are in the midst of their favorite activity and you say OK, time to go -- the concept of time is all but lost on them!

Here are some tips on how to get your kids moving when you need them to!

The exact time frame you use, depends on your kids but for example let's say you need to leave in thirty minutes.

At the 20 minute mark: Kids, you have 20 minutes to wrap up what you are doing, put away the toys, wash your hands and be in the car.

At the 10 minute mark: Kids, this is your reminder, you now have 10 minutes.

Hopefully by this time they have started the clean up process, if not: explain that the playing needs to stop right now and this step and this step needs to take place.

At the 5 minute mark: A check of what is left to be done and praise for having done it.

At the end of the 20 minutes: A review of what has taken place, how long it took, what needs to happen better next time and praise.

If you do this on a continual basis, your children will begin to learn how long it takes for certain tasks to be done and moving from one activity to another will become a more pleasant experience for all.

What do you do to keep your crew on schedule?

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