1. I count to help my 2-year-old with transitions. “OK, it’s almost time to go. I’ll count to 30 and then we’ll leave the park. 1… 2… 3…”

    Until I reach 30, she can do whatever she wants; it’s not time to go yet; the time is hers. “…28… 29… 30.” Then I pick her up, and she almost never fusses. I’ve been doing it since before she was talking, and it works great, and she can count to 15 or so.

    If she counted down the minute until I had to wake up, I’d laugh to myself and say, “Yeah, I earned that one.”

    Ps. I also use other sequences – letters, days of the week, months of the year, continents, planets – it’s a great opportunity to get her familiar with new words. Just from me reciting the (top few rows of the) Periodic Table a bunch of times, now when I say “hydrogen… helium…” she’ll say “lithium-b’ryllium-boron-carbon-nitrogen-oxygen-f’orine-neon!”

  2. Every single day of my life for more than 40 years…I am awakened by first my kids and now my dogs. lol

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