As a mom, I hear myself seeking two minutes all day long. Every morning my 4-year-old calls out “my light’s green” to which I reply “give me a couple minutes” and the precedent is set. I buy myself a minute or two before making breakfast, getting dressed, brushing hair, brushing teeth, and retrieval of vitamins. Two minutes – it’s such a small increment of time but it really is significant.
On the flip side, two minutes can also be a very long time. The entire one hundred and twenty seconds can drag on for what seems like hours. I’m sure everyone has had those moments when you’re waiting on some bad news or to hear what’s behind the ‘let’s talk’. A ‘waiting for the other shoe to drop’ moment guarantees a tick, painfully slow tick, tick.
I recently discovered that doing a menial task for two minutes can be added to the long and painful two minute wait list. We were in depths of ‘the bedtime battle’ and approaching the worst part…brushing teeth. Everyone knows that four-year olds are not quite competent enough to do a sufficient brush on their own, and they still need some extra help from Mom & Dad. Recently, my dentist gave me a children’s toothbrush for my daughter. It was bright pink with princess Ariel on the front, talk about a perfect fit! As I went to open it I saw the advertisement for the FREE Oral B Disney magic timer app. Well this seemed like a great idea! I quickly downloaded the app and we got to brushing…brushing for two whole minutes, 120 very long seconds.
The seconds were filled with a catchy tune and the slow exposure of a toothbrush aligned picture, a little under the sea treat. Although I was painfully aware of how long this task was dragging on, she was completely oblivious, it was WORKING! There was no complaining, no struggling, and it had been replaced with pure enjoyment. And when our 2 minutes were up, she received a digital sticker to save in an album, all while beaming and flashing her pearly whites.
I’m not promising you the best two minutes of your day, but this easy free app turned two of the hardest two minutes into something enjoyable for me to help my four-year-old with. Hopefully it will help you with your own bedtime battle!
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