Guest Post by Carolynn of My Little Bit of Life
- before the activity begins, tell them how much time they will have (if they are too young to tell time yet, tell them the time limit and then another activity that is usually about the same amount of time and/or set a visual timer) (Example: “You have thirty minutes to play outside, that is about as long as it takes to watch Word World.”)
- give reminders often (you have 15 more minutes, etc.)
- tell your children that they have five more minutes until they need to clean up, get ready etc. (this is very important, give them a warning BEFORE they have to stop)
- when you are giving your children their “5 Minute Warning” include what they will do next (“You have 5 more minutes to play, then pick up time, then dinner time.”)
Carolynn was a preschool teacher for five years with an Elementary Education and Early Childhood degree. She is now a Stay at Home Mom to 4 children: 6, 5, 3, and 20 month old. She blogs about parenting and life at www.mylittlebitoflife.com.