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Old 03-28-11, 09:20 AM   #1
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At what time is a child old enough to wear a watch

Our youngest can now tell time on a digital clock, and is pretty proud of this new skill. Today he had to get up from the breakfast table to go look at the clock on the coffee machine to tell us what time it is.

He cannot read an anolog clock yet. I want to get him a watch, as he has been asking about if he has enough allowance saved to buy a clock to wear on his arm.

So do I let him get an inexpensive, non challenging digital with his allowance, offer to buy the watch for him if he chooses an inexpensive Timex or Casio analog, or try to find a kids version of a watch that is analog and digital?

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Old 03-28-11, 09:25 AM   #2
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Analog watches help children learn the concept of fractions (quarter, half). I vote for analog.
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I am leaning hard towards analog, but I do not want to frustrate him
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I am leaning hard towards analog, but I do not want to frustrate him
How old were you when you learned to tell time? It can be frustrating but also rewarding for a child to learn a new skill.
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I'd let him pick out an analog watch with his favorite character on it.

Start by sitting at the kitchen table while eating snacks that you can count and explain about 5, 10, 15 etc of the minutes on the clock, using the little snacks to help represent the minutes. That's how I was taught. It was actually fun!
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I think telling time lessons started in grade 1 (too long ago to remember accurately) but I do remember getting my first watch for Christmas when I was 7. It was a Lucy from the Peanuts watch. Her arms moved around the dial and she looked irritated. I loved it.

There are loads of nice looking kids watches on amazon.com -- what does your son like? Disney? Sports? Camo? They have it.
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There are some nice didgital analog watches out there. In our family we all got/get watches for our ninth brithday,it's a tradition started by my grandfather back in the Dirty Thirties and is still being done today.We/the kids look forward to it as it means you're a big kid now. Still have mine,doesn't work but still have it!
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Both analog and calculator watches.
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Also, buy him some Dick Tracy comics
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how old is he?
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Kids no longer have watches, they have mobile phones or PDAs, get one of those
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He's like FIVE. He doesn't need a cellphone.
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Old 03-28-11, 10:50 AM   #13
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Boy Scout watch.
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analog watch. teach them military time too. I babysit these kids who are 13 and they can't tell time with an analog clock/watch. They just use their cellphone. :/
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He is 6, in kindergarten. I like the boy scout watch idea. I was leaning towards a simple classic design from Timex. I was a product of the pre digital watch age, so my default is to a Timex analog. He loves scouting and cannot wait to join the Pack in the fall. I think AllenG has again hit the ball out of the park.
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I got my first watch (a digital) in second grade or thereabouts. It was cheap and did not last long. But by then, I could already tell analog time... the old 1930s Seikosha clock my parents brought home from Japan was always on the wall. My first real watch (Timex Ironman digital), I got in 6th grade and had it until last year, when strapping it to the handlebar bent the circuit board and LCD and it finally died.

My last regular watch (Timex Expedition analog) fell out of my handlebar bag somewhere near Summit Rd and Soquel-San Jose Rd back in September.

Now I only have my Cal Poly gold watch (I wear it as often as I wear a suit... hahaha), my USSR Railway pocketwatch, and an old USSR analog wind-up watch that was a souvenir from someone's trip back in the 80's.
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My GFs daughter and some of her high school aged friends were talking about another friend that couldn't tell time using "one of those circley clocks". We cracked up when we realized what they were talking about.
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Wow, BSA only offers an Eagle Scout watch that I can see. No Cub Scout watch. I guess wrist watches really are a dying breed thanks to the cell phone.
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Here is what I am leaning towards.

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I learned on a teeter totter watch when I was in 1st (?) grade. It only ran for 3-4 hours before needing winding. No doubt to get the kid to pay attention and speed the learning process.
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He's like FIVE. He doesn't need a cellphone.
Hey, my 2.5 year old has a cellphone!...granted, it only calls Buzz Lightyear, we got it for free at a garage sale, and it only keeps his interest for about 30 seconds...

I was waaaay too old when I could finally read a clock. Don't let it happen to yours!
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That's a good looking watch.
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the my first watch from timex, perfect.

Oh, and I raised two boys. Do not be disappointed when the watch doesn't get treated the way you treat your watch, that why you are only spending 20 bucks.
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Wow, BSA only offers an Eagle Scout watch that I can see. No Cub Scout watch. I guess wrist watches really are a dying breed thanks to the cell phone.
Reading it is the last merit badge most eagles get these days
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