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Schedules

Now that school is back in session our days are often filled with responsibilities. The lazy days of summer are gone and our children need to do things on a schedule. To cut down on the arguing that so often occurs I often use an oven timer for starting and finishing different activities. My son will argue about starting homework, getting a bath, and going to bed. I usually say, “I have set the timer for 20 minutes. When the timer goes off you need to come to the table and start your homework”. It does not always go smoothly but it does help to cut down on the back and forth discussion. I have found that using a timer keeps arguments and whining to a minimum. The timer has the final say. Any other ideas or suggestions?