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Wrist watches for your kids
Digital or analogue? That is the question......
When my children first started to learn how to tell the time we were keen to buy them a watch. We had started the process with a large wooden clock and had more or less mastered the "o'clock" times when they first asked for a "wock-tock". Clearly to us they meant a wrist watch, but which kind? There is such a huge variety of watches on the market we were stumped.
The various friends we spoke to, parents themselves, seemed to have varying opinions. Some thought it better to teach with a digital watch, as then the child learnt to read numbers at the same time. Others insisted a first watch had to be an analogue watch as how else would our darling offspring learn what quarter past or quarter to actually meant if they didn't have a visual aid?
In the end we went down the road of an analogue watch, figuring that a digital watch could easily be introduced at a later date. Luckily enough when darling children went to nursery school the teacher agreed with us that analogue should always come first.
After the children knew how to tell the time on an analogue watch we were much more relaxed about them having a digital watch, of which they have had serveral over the years. Funnily enough, they have both now gone back to analogue watches as they appear to have more "eye appeal" at the moment.
Does your child have a Digital or Analogue Watch?
These are what my children started with
When my children first started to tell the time we wanted to buy a watch they would want to wear. Flik Flak watches are quite hard wearing and took quite a few knocks.
They then moved onto this style
Remember, a kids watch doesn't have to cost a fortune. If your kids are anything like mine a watch will get dropped, left at the bottom of kit bags, dropped in water or lost.
Lego watches rock
A pity my kids are too old for these, thankfully though I have a young nephew who would love one for his birthday.
More than a watch
As my children were getting older and wanting a little independence, when they went out to play, I would set the alarm on the watch and they had to come back to me to let me know how they were doing, we would then repeat the process again.
Make your children responsible for getting themselves up in the morning
My children loved setting their alarm clocks in the evening and felt very grown up being responsible for wakening themselves up. Of course there was always the odd occasion when one child set the others alarm clock at the wrong time. Not too amusing when you have a confused child wandering into your bedroom at 2.30 am. Pranksters, you've gotta love them......
teacher agreed with us that analogue should always come first