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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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If you have a young child, you know how challenging it can be to transition them from one activity to the next. And that there are many tricks/products out there to help these transitions go more smoothly.
can help a child know when it's time
to leave the park, have a snack, share a toy, etc. Or just giving children a small choice
about how to move on to the next activity - do you want to walk or skip to the car?
Recently I heard about a new product called Octopus
. Octopus is a watch for young kids that may help them stay on schedule
and switch from one activity to another
Personally, I am hesitant to use these tricks/products with our kids.
Sometimes plans change unexpectedly. A child gets sick, a plane is delayed, etc. During these situations, I don't want our kids to become even more confused because they are used to looking at their watch, waiting for a timer to buzz, or waiting for me to give them a choice.
And sometimes plans change unexpectedly because a situation becomes dangerous. In those situations, I need our kids to listen to me
(or the adult taking care of them), not a watch and not a timer.
I'm also hesitant to use these tricks/products because they could take away chances for kids to make decisions
. When should we leave the park so everyone (including me) is content? How should we share the trucks so everyone is happy? How many books can we read tonight? Many times, if given the opportunity, young kids can (or at least can help) come up with workable solutions.
How do you make transitions easier for your kids?