May 23, 2013
by Susan Hunsberger

“Mom/dad, where are my stickers?”


My kids don’t put their things away. They always ask me where everything is.

Have your kids decide on homes for their things. After they have decided, have them give the homes labels. Here, a 5 year old has labeled her jewelry and stickers drawers. (So nice, eh?!)

Help create the habit of putting things in their homes. At the end of each day, set a timer and see how long it takes to get everything in its home.

November 18, 2011
by Susan Hunsberger

Really, I spent an hour surfing?!

PROBLEM: My computer sucks me in. I just want to spend a bit of time relaxing so I play Tetris or check Facebook and next thing I know an hour has passed.

SOLUTION: Decide ahead of time how much time you want to spend relaxing in front of your computer.  Then set a timer. The “ding” of the timer allows you to recognize the passage of time.

HINT: It can be helpful to set the timer for smaller chunks of time (10min.). You can chunk your time into beginning, middle, and end or play time then 10 min. warning.

February 11, 2011
by Susan Hunsberger

I Don’t Want to File My Papers!

PROBLEM – I don’t like to file. My papers build up because I can’t seem to make myself do it.

SOLUTION – Use a timer. We can do almost anything for a short period of time. Set the timer for 10 minutes (or whatever amount of time works for you) and start filing. As soon as the timer rings – you’re done!

HINT – Start with your most recent papers and work backwards.