Over the River and Through the Woods Without Losing Your SanityAny other time of year, you’d be spending a lot of time organizing a family trip out of town. At the holidays, however, the travel part can be an afterthought.
I put together some of my favorite travel tips to make things easier this year so you can have more jolly and less worry.
1. Time Timer ® Watch Plus: No sense burying the lead here. The Watch Plus is the answer to your “Are we there yet” misery. Use the timer function and plug in how much time is left in the trip (add a 10-minute cushion), and hand over your watch. Even though I work for Time Timer, I only recently thought of this one. Sure, the Time Timer is on the tablet and phone, but kids might switch those, and I’m certainly not giving up my phone on the trip. (I’m not driving!) I give it to my impatient child, and voila! It was amazing. He felt in total control of the time remaining on the trip.
Thank you, MOMCON2016
We recently returned from MOMCON in Milwaukee, where we shared the Time Timer ® with moms from the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International.
As a family-based company, all of us at Time Timer ® loved being a part of this year’s celebration of inspiration and faith for moms. Before it was a household name, the original Time Timer ® was founded in an everyday household in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jan Rogers struggled to help her daughter, Loran, keep track of time. She wasn’t old enough to read clocks and often missed the bus. So, mom Jan invented Time Timer, which features a patented red disk that shows elapsed time.
It's Time to Establish a Routine for Preschool Bedtime
If you already have an awesome bedtime routine for your preschooler, congrats! You can skip this article, and just share your tips with us.
For the rest of us, whether it was the start of school for our older kids or a change in sleep habits for our infant, it never hurts to consider a bedtime routine that works to get our preschoolers to sleep on time, and maybe even get time for ourselves.
Six Ways Timing is Everything in Toilet Training
The right time to toilet train varies based on your child and your own circumstances. Some moms really want that first child out of diapers before his sister arrives, and other moms want to wait because they don’t want to clean soiled underwear and spit up.
At some point, it’s time. And we’ve found that using a timer (our favorite for this is the Time Timer® PLUS) can give you the routine, expectation setting and sanity you need to move onto big girl panties (or training pants as the case may be). Here are some of our favorite time and schedule tips:
Consider your Schedule
Headed out of town for a long weekend soon? Planning a vacation, new baby, new job, new school or major holiday? These are probably not the times to begin toilet training. The excitement of going potty is enough excitement by itself. Really, trust us. Don’t try it before a road trip or her big sister’s first day of kindergarten.
Decide on a number of days.
Tackle it on a weekend, or over a week. Set a number of days to try toilet training. You might find she’s too young, or there’s too much going with her siblings, and another time is better. But set expectations, and keep them, and give yourself a break to reassess if you or she aren’t ready.
Start with 20 minutes.
Going diaper free (however that looks for you), set the timer for 20 minutes, and then take her to the potty when time elapses.
Allow 3-5 minutes each trip.
Re-set the timer (or keep a separate one by the potty), and tell her you’ll sit until the timer goes off. She can watch time run out on the red disk, or you can read her one of her favorite stories (Everyone Poops is never a bad choice.).
Expand your time in between trips.
If she’s dry at 20 minutes, slowly increase to 30, then 45 minutes. If she has an accident, you can reduce the amount of time in between trips, and then try increasing again.
Be prepared to try again.
If after three days, she isn’t finding success at the potty, take a break. Try again in a few weeks.