Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Resource: A Time for Everything


http://www.kid-do.net/
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

1 comment:

I would love to see your comments and suggestions to fellow parents.