My four year old is by far one of the most stubborn people I know. When he makes up his mind to do something, there is no stopping him. I find it very difficult to get him dressed for school, to eat his dinner, to go to bed…well you see the point, pretty much everything with him can be a real challenge. The Stoplight Golight has made our life so much easier.
The Stoplight Golight works like an ordinary timer but it is far from ordinary. The light can be set from 1-15 hours or can be set from 0-59 minutes. All you have to do is simply select the amount of time and start the countdown. Once you hit start, the red light comes on. When the time runs out the red light turns to green. You can set the timer with or without an alarm but our son likes the alarm to go off just in case he is not looking directly at the Stoplight Golight.
He has always had trouble getting to sleep at night and someone usually has to lay down with him. We recently starting setting the timer for a few minutes and extending it every night. If he is still awake at green someone will lay down with him. It has really helped him, because he knows that if he can wait till the green comes on someone will be there. Our hopes are that he will eventually lay down without anyone and even without the timer. Having the ability to turn off the alarm sound is great in this situation, because if he falls asleep the buzzer will not wake him up.
Not only do we use the Stoplight Golight at bed time we use it about 100 other times during the day including getting dressed, brushing teeth, getting out of the bathtub, for daddy to come home and many other tasks in our daily routine. In addition to everything we use it for it can also be used for timeouts, reading, homework, and computer time. The best part of the product is that your child can physically see the light go from red to green.
The timer is perfect for all ages, not only does it work wonders with my 4 year old, even my 1 year old knows that when the light turns green it is time to leave the house, get out the tub, and so on. I plan on sharing this information with my son’s teacher as I believe it would work well in the classroom as well. The Stoplight Golight works on 4 AAA batteries or an AC adapter and is available for sale at Stoplight Golight for $29.95.