Kiki knows how to tell time. She worked on this here and there since school started, (as in 1st grade, not last month!) and really gets it now. In fact, she recently earned the coveted "Shopping with Papa for a Watch of my Own" event. This is sweet – my dad, who is sort of a watch fanatic (he owns dozens, he loves anything mechanical) started buying each of the grandkids their very own "grown-up" watch as soon as they showed him they could tell time. I have learned, however, that being able to know what time it is doesn’t mean an understanding of how time works. Kiki drives me crazy on this – probably because she is too much like me. She is a "dinker"…she dinks with this, dinks with that, doesn’t seem to get what it means when I say "please, hurry, we need to leave here in ____ minutes." It’s this vague concept that doesn’t connect in her real world. I say "brush your teeth and put your shoes on"…then I go brush mine or whatever, and when I check back, she’s doing heaven knows what, but you can bet it’s not related to teeth or shoes. She can be in her bedroom for 10 minutes, then come out and say "I don’t know what to wear." So I grit my teeth and say "okay, let’s go back to your bedroom and I’ll help you pick something out"….then la la lala la we are walking ever-so-slowly back across the house like we are on a stroll in the park – even tho I said "come on we should be leaving in 5 minutes!!" Arrgghhh! Don’t tell me things like "Give yourselves more time" she’ll just waste more time, or "Pick her clothes out the night before" something will be wrong with it by morning….actually, mornings aren’t the worst. It’s even harder if we’ve done our school in the morning, then I say "Let’s get ready now so we can go to the bank" (or wherever)…something that should take 30 minutes can turn into for-ev-er. I haven’t figured out how to deal with this. I know I have the same tendencies, I have just learned to quelch it over years of needing to be places on time. But because I am this way, I guess I just don’t know how to teach her better methods? Is this normal? At what age does the concept kick in?