5 Innovative Ways Parents Can Use a Kitchen Timer to Restore Order

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Parenting is a challenging job any day…but when your kids are fighting with each other and can’t seem to get along, here’s a quick fix solution that can restore balance and harmony to their day and yours..

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All you need is an old-fashioned kitchen timer. In each instance, add one minute to the age of the youngest child involved and set the timer. For example, your son is eight and your daughter is six. They have been arguing about who will get to go first in the game they want to play…and even though you have admonished them, they are starting to push each other. You will be setting the timer for seven minutes…six plus one equals seven

  1. Back to back
  2. They sit on chairs, back to back, in silence.

    Set the timer.

  3. Facing each other
  4. They sit on chairs, facing each other, and make faces at each other, in silence.

    Set the timer.

  5. Taking turns
  6. If you have a pet, they take turns petting the dog or cat, in silence.

    Set the timer.

  7. Silence
  8. They each jump rope, in silence.

    Set the timer.

  9. Exercise
  10. They hop up and down, in silence.

    Set the timer.
    When the timer goes off, tempers will have cooled off and you can encourage them to find a better way to pick who goes first…rock, paper, scissors anyone?

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