12 Best Watches for Kids in 2017

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One of the best gifts anyone can ever give to someone is a wristwatch. For kids, this will be memorable especially if they get a truly personalized watch for kids complete with their favorite characters, colors, or even patterns. Aside from teaching kids how to read time, watches also provide them the opportunity to create an identity that is uniquely their own. More importantly, kids’ watches can be very useful instruments in teaching our kids about self-discipline and time management. So, if you want to help your child learn to manage his or her time more efficiently, strengthen his or her self-discipline, and discover his or her true identity, then a wristwatch is simply the best gift to give this coming Holiday season.

And if you are on the lookout for the best-looking, kid-inspired, and highly thematic children’s timepieces, then you’ve come to the right place because we have 12 of the hottest, most popular, and top watches for kids this 2016. Before the year officially ends, get your child any one of the timepieces we have in our list and he or she will love you for it, guaranteed!

How We Chose the Top Kiddie Timepieces in Our List

Honestly, this has got to be one of the most challenging selection we have ever have to make. Watches are considered very precious accessories. Some would even classify these as jewelry and a very important addition to anyone’s fashion. There are also timepieces that can readily run in the millions like the $30 million 1827 Breguet Grand Complication Marie Antoinette or even the $25 million Chopard 201 Carat Watch studded with 874 very rare precious diamonds. Of course, we don’t expect you to shell out millions of dollars or even hundreds of dollars on a timepiece for your kids. That is why we have assigned this task to one of our teams of researchers as they have the best understanding of the world’s timepieces.

As always, our researchers focused on the design ingenuity of the watch. It should, first and foremost, allow children to easily and correctly read the time. This can include the illumination of the watch face, the accuracy of the time, and alarm or notification systems as well as other features that make it easier for kids to read and be updated with time. We also had to look at built-in features like shock-proofing and water-proofing or water-resistance technologies, different time modes, and other features we believe your kids will love.

We then correlated our assessment of each of these products with what the consuming public had to say. We had to look for issues that people may have already encountered related to the purchase of the product, its shipping, as well as its intended use. We then had to factor the credibility of the watchmaker to help establish a more definitive picture of the quality workmanship of these timepieces.

So, this is how we came up with our list of the top 12 kids’ watches you can give to your child anytime and not just on special occasions or holidays. We are optimistic that you found our list helpful in making you feel more confident about your choices.

Teaching Your Child the Importance of Time Management

It’s never too early to start teaching your kids about the value of managing their time in a very efficient manner. Kids can readily benefit from time management especially when they already go to school. Later in life, they will be able to use these time management skills to help them in all aspects of their adult life.

In school, classroom instruction is provided in chunks. Children learn things in a progressive manner and not in one massive take. They learn to accomplish or complete their tasks, assignments, home works, and even projects within the allotted period of time.

Children also learn better if their attention span were taken into consideration. For example, studies show that younger children learn a lot better if their learning activities were kept short because they have relatively shorter attention span. Likewise, an older child can already stand longer classroom instruction sessions of about 45 minutes, again because of their improving attention span. As children grow older their attention span also increases. They are now able to listen more attentively in class for much longer periods of time without getting restless or agitated.

The issue, however, is that they don’t know it yet and they cannot associate this concept with time management. It is not part of the curriculum. It is for this reason that we, as their parents, should help them realize this.

How?

The very first thing we have to consider is the tools or instruments we give to our children. These should be of interest to them as what we would like to achieve is for them to increase their attention span. This can be best achieved by giving them toys, books, playthings, and other instruments that are interesting. It can also include providing them with activities that will arouse their natural curiosity. The point, however, is to choose instruments that are perfect for our kids’ learning styles. So, if we have children who are kinesthetic learners, then giving them toys and gift items with touch screens will surely appeal to them.

We can also create a room or an area in our homes or even in our kids’ bedroom as a study zone. We then need to organize and design this particular area so that it allows our children to concentrate and focus on what they are studying, reading, writing, or even drawing. You may have to check if your kid wants absolute silence or one with a background music. The point is for us to create an environment where our children can associate with study and learning.

If we have to teach time management, then we need to use the correct tools. Calendars, alarm clocks, timers, wall clocks, and, of course, kiddie wristwatches can all help. For older children, you may want to give daily planners or even school-provided agendas or even a desktop computer-based calendar application which they can synchronize with their mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. It is often a lot better to encourage our children to look at the month view so that time appears less abstract.

We then need to help our children make a schedule of their daily activities. For example, how much time do they think should be allotted for studying, playing, and helping with simple chores in the home? With the calendar you provided your child, he or she can then schedule in time blocks of 30 to 90 minutes. You can then teach your child how to use the alarm function of his or her watch so that he or she will become conscious of it.

Time management is inherently tied to self-discipline. In fact, according to a Canadian study, post-secondary school individuals said that, if there’s one thing they could change in the way they lived their lives as school children and high school students, then that would be more self-discipline and a better grasp of time management. We can help our kids learn self-discipline by giving them the responsibility of managing their school activities like home works, assignments, and projects all on their own. We can help them by explaining to them the benefits or advantages of focusing on their tasks instead of following distractions. We may have to let our children get a taste of what it’s like to mismanage their time. For example, if they failed to accomplish their assignment, they will get poor marks for it in school. We can then use this experience as a learning tool for our children.

Perhaps the best way to teach self-discipline and effective time management is modeling these ourselves. This way, we have a better chance of conveying to our kids how important time management and self-discipline are.

The Bottom Line

Teaching our kids to manage their time well can help them do better in school and prepare them for greater things to come. They will need the correct tools for this and one of the best instruments for teaching time management is a wristwatch. It’s convenient, highly mobile, and full of features. And with our list of the top 12 watches for kids, we are confident your kid will have the perfect partner to develop his or her time management skills, enhance his or her self-discipline, and set out on his or her way to productive life as an adult.

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Selina Marie
Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!

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