Mom shares ‘Summer Clock’ hack to keep kids on time in divisive video


Viewers’ opinions were mixed when they saw a mother’s “summer clock” she made to keep her children on a schedule in a viral TikTok video.

McKinnley Matson posted the video to his @mkmatson15 account where it garnered nearly 4 million views. While many viewers shared their appreciation for the hack, others wondered if such a schedule was necessary for the summer months.

The parenting website Empowering Parents noted that having some type of structure during the summer was helpful.

A mother’s DIY clock to make a summer schedule for her kids has gone viral on TikTok. Here, an archive image of a child playing with his mother.
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“Determining what structure to put in place will depend on the individual needs of your children,” the article states. “Some kids generally do well with less structure and are able to spend their time acceptably engaging, but many others don’t.”

The organization said having a detailed schedule can be especially helpful for children who may get into trouble without structure.

Matson showed the clock making process in his video.

“I created this summer clock to help my kids stick to their schedules while I worked from home,” she said at the start of her video before embarking on the creative process.

After creating a schedule that worked for the family and printing it out in a circular form, Matson said she bought a $4 clock and $2 magnets.

She removed the back of the clock and used the front as a guide to make sure the schedule was centered.

“I found the top of the clock and lined it up with what was noon on my schedule,” Matson explained.

Matson wound up the rest of the clock with its hands and battery before gluing a magnet to the back of it that would allow the clock to cling to the fridge.

“For my working moms who are scared of juggling the kids over the summer,” read the caption to her video. “We have this! »

Different color-coded activities were blocked on the clock and correlated with a spreadsheet.

Some of these activities included chores, exercise, and time to learn.

There were mixed opinions among viewers after watching the initial video as shared in the comments section, with some writing that they wouldn’t have liked the clock to grow.

“If my mom did this I would riot,” one wrote.

“I would be mad if my mom tried to plan every second of my summer,” another commented. “I understand having responsibilities, but it feels a bit like micro-management.”

A viewer felt that Matson’s children shouldn’t have a strict schedule during the summer.

Others, however, said they thought the clock was a good idea.

“I needed this when the lockdown first happened for my adults in my house,” one comment read. “Genius.”

“This is the most deserving #momwin I have ever seen,” another viewer wrote.

“My kids are on the schedule ALL year round,” one viewer commented. “Summer is for impromptu dates and relaxation. Cute but not for my family.”

In a follow-up video, Matson said her kids are doing well with some structure, but the clock isn’t supposed to dictate every minute of the day.

“If my kids are playing happily, I won’t stop them when recess ‘officially ends,'” she said. “It’s just meant to be a guide for their days so they don’t come and tell me all the time that they’re bored or don’t know what to do.”

Instead, the clock is meant to provide age-appropriate responsibilities and guide them in their learning and development.

Newsweek has contacted McKinnley Matson for comment.

Other parents have taken their parenting hacks to the internet, where some have gone viral.

A mother has shared a glimpse of a white lie she tells her children to see if they’re lying to her.

A dad has gone viral after showing how he can catch up on some sleep while his own baby takes a nap. Another mother shared three hacks that can be used for babies.


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