Post # 1
This is so odd, but at what age did you start putting a clock in your childs room?
My SS is 13 and he asked from a clock in his room (we only have him on the weekends, so there is really no need for it). I think it’ll be fine but he has a tendency to fixate on things and I’m wondering if when he’s going to bed it’s not going to be a distraction. I was thinking a wall clock that he can’t read when it’s dark in the middle of the night.
Post # 3
Not a parent, but I would think as soon as they are able to tell time.
Post # 4
We had a clock from the time we could tell time (around 6 I think). If he wants one I would let him have it. Some kids have a hard time switching from on activity to the next without warning. He may like knowing what’s coming and how long it is until the next activity. There are plenty of wall clocks with no lights, so he wouldn’t be bothered at night.
Post # 5
I’m pretty sure I had a clock in my room since early elementary school. Probably around 1st grade or so.
Post # 6
@nikkialys: It’s the what’s coming and how long until the next activity thing that is what worries me, I’m afraid that he’s going to obsess about what time it was.
The other weekend we had an activity planned that started early in the morning. I told him the night before what time we were going to wake him up. When Darling Husband went in to wake him up, he was already up and had been up for awhile since he was in out of the shower. It was 6:45am. I think it was because he was excited and he didn’t want to be late or whatever.
He has asperbergs and we are trying to transition him out of needing a routine and I think the clock will put him hurt that?
I’m waaay over thinking this, per usual! Thanks ladies!
Post # 7
Since he has Asperger’s, a clock might actually help him realize what time he needs to get up and get ready for things instead of doing it as soon as possible and waiting around. You can tell him that you’re doing something at 3pm and he can see for himself how far away that is.
Post # 8
My son has been obsessed with clocks since pre-school. My boys have had at least one in their room since my oldest was 4. No digital clocks, however, just good ole’ analog ones.
Post # 9
What about a small travel alarm clock that runs on batteries? You could leave it in when he is struggling and needs that added help of knowing what’s coming next, but it’s easy to remove if he becomes so focused on it that it becomes an issue.
Post # 10
Thanks for the suggestions!
@BoiledPNut: I think you’re right!
We are going to get him an analog wall clock and it will go in his bathroom where he can’t see it from his bed. He is usually slow to get into the shower, dressed, groomed, etc. so I think it will actually help him if we say, you’ve got 20 minutes!