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Friday, November 09, 2007

Can you put a timer on that?

Microsoft announced the Xbox 360 Family Timer earlier this week. The Family Timer (which will be available for download in December) will let parents set a specific amount of time that kids can use their Xbox. When the minutes are used up, the machine shuts down. I'd like to take that concept and see if it can be applied to other aspects of life.

For kids:
  1. Limit back-talk or nagging: Once the limit is met, the vocal chords are disabled until the following day.
  2. Limit annoying toys: You can set a timer on "soundy" toys. Once the time is up, they are silenced until the following day.

For spouses:
  1. Limit bathroom loitering: Once the time is up, the lights go off and the toilet flushes automatically.
  2. Limit shower hogging: You set the number of minutes allowed per shower. The temperature gets significantly colder as a one-minute warning. Then the water goes off.

For self:
  1. Limit snacking: Food eaten after a certain time will cause vomiting and diarrhea.


  1. I was with you on toys that make noise. I'm totally down with anything that would stop my short of eating the entire roll of cookie dough. But limiting bathroom and shower time? Unacceptable.

  2. There is such a thing as a shower timer. I saw it on HGTV. It screws into the shower head, and then you set the timer on it, and the shower turns off after the allowed time. :-)

  3. Testing once more.

  4. I love, love, love the new design! And I'll take Kid Time Option 1, please.