I ran into an inexpensive app that is a great idea for children and parents. The Kid-do app lets you set up routines and set up timers that allow children to see how much time is left.
For instance, you can set up a bedtime routine that walks your child through putting away toys, setting out clothes for tomorrow, teeth brushing and flossing, etc. Each step has a timer so your child is less likely to be distracted and is more likely to spend adequate amounts of time with a toothbrush in the mouth.
You can also set up a quick timer for time-outs, music practice, or an emergency what-toys-can-we put-away-in-five-minutes-game.
There are several bonuses to this tool:
Children learn to self-regulate when the app routine becomes a part of their routine.
Children learn to tell time and develop a sense for the passing of time. (Just how long is ten minutes, anyway?)
Children can work away at routines without having a parent standing over them.
Children learn to get things done instead of wasting time complaining.
Children learn to set goals.
Parents learn to let their children develop these skills :-)
I am going to use it, for me, when I speak to groups of teachers and parents. I apparently have issues with self-regulation in such circumstances.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.
(Ecclesiastes 3:1, ESV