(Sorry for the crooked picture--it's me that's crooked, not the clock.)
These clocks are absolutely amazing! Our older kids knew from a very young age that they're not allowed to get out of bed (except to go potty and then right back to bed) until we went and told them they could get up. But then they'd wake up and call us to let us know they were awake--usually way before we were ready to get up. The little ones don't understand clocks and how they work, so telling them not to get out of bed until a certain time doesn't work--they don't know if that time has already passed while they slept, and a digital clock doesn't work if they are still too little to know their numbers.
This clock changes colors. It turns dark blue at bedtime (you program in your bed time), then it turns yellow when the kids are allowed to get out of bed in the morning. There's also a light blue you can use for nap time (again, you set how long nap time is).
There are also red and green lights for time outs or clean up timers or play timers or whatever. We don't do time outs in the bedrooms and we don't play in our bedrooms, so I have all the "daytime" timers set for two hours. Then, at nap time, I let the kids choose whether they want a light blue, red, or green clock.
Anyway, it's so nice for us to know that the kids are in bed and not going to get out of bed until 8:00 in the morning. It's so nice for the kids to be able to glance at their clocks and know whether it's time to get up or not--plus, they have a nice, pretty colored night light. You can change the face plates for different bedroom decor, too.
These clocks also play music and bedtime stories. They will not wash dishes or do your laundry, but other than that, they're perfect!!
If you have kids, and especially if you have toddlers, these clocks are must-haves. They have graciously given us the discount code MTCMBL11 to get 10% off the My Tot Clock at Amazon.com.
What tips and tricks do you have to help the kids stay in bed when they should?