TIP#30: Set an Alarm to your Kids. Give each kid a sound.

It’s not a secret that I work from home. I have the luxury to take care of my daughter and soon I will also take care of my son. I think she was two when I pick the “Duck” sound on my phone to be her sound. Any alarm that involves her, had the “Duck” Sound.
I have on my iPhone an alarm for her to be up to school, to her classes, and on those moments that she is taking any kind of medicine, also, we have one when it is time to get to the shower and ready to bed. I even set alarms for activities that may not be a routine. She knows if the “Duck” is making noise, it is something related to her, and she immediately pay attention.
She knows in the morning that the first Duck is so I wake her up and bring her milk. She knows that on the afternoons the Duck means time to pick up so we go to class. She knows that at 7:30pm, theDuck means it is time to hit the shower and get ready to bed.
The main advantage of this, is that she knows, she is aware, and therefore she pays attention immediately. It may not be a perfect system, but she may be on the other side of the house and listen to the duck, and she will come to check exactly what happened and where she need to go now.
I wish, I could had understood the power of the alarms much more early in life. Honestly would had been incredibly useful for me.
i.e. When we told her that we where pregnant and she found out it was going to be a boy, she suggest that we use the Car sound of the iPhone (Motorcycle) for her brother. So when time comes to set alarms for him, we have a sound picked.