Saturday, March 10, 2007

My search for a kid's timer

I've heard a lot about how well timers work with kids - for things like giving your child a set amount of time to clean up, get ready for bed, etc. Generally a kitchen timer is recommended. Well, I've found that kitchen timers are not really that great. We have a manual Oxo timer that goes from 0 to 60 minutes. However, most tasks for Kenny would take no more than 5 minutes, and it's difficult for him (as well as for me) to tell how much time is left on the timer. Plus, there's no warnings when he's getting close.

So I've been searching around online for something else. I found the Learning Resources Time Tracker on Amazon, and was really excited to see it - it looked like exactly what I wanted to find, with a light that starts out green, goes to yellow, and then red when time is almost up. What a cool idea! Then, however, I read the reviews. Some of them were very positive, but many were quite negative, and vociferous about how poorly designed it was and how hard it was to use.

So, the search goes on. Please let me know if you find anything cool!


Blogger brandon said...

Dear Sylvia,

I found your blog today looking for information on esophogitis induced from Doxycycline. I, like you, swallowed the pill without knowing its "no lay down" rule and have not been able to eat for two days now. It is simply awful and I am starting to freak out a bit because today I developed a fever.

Can you PLEASE email me back and tell me how long it took for your symptoms to subside and what's in store for me? I seriously feel like I am going to die with every bite.

Thank you....


7:54 PM  
Blogger Roger Weber said...

My wife, Sandra, went through 4 kids and about 3 of these casio watches. We found an easy to use coundown timer that we had with us nearly constantly was very useful.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am also trying to find a timer for my kids. Something that I can preprogram for say 1 hr, and then let the kids spread that hr of say tv over a week. Something that can be stopped and started.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Esther Dodge said...

I like the Time Timer. See:

5:20 PM  

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