Screens hold a potent allure to our little ones. It's sobering to consider that screens will most likely be part of every day of their lives on this planet! But as an exhausted parent in need of a slow cuppa (or a scroll on our own screen) - what a tool for a reprieve. And when used in moderation, what a fabulous window into the world. Even today in social isolation we were watching penguins at the Melbourne Zoo and opera in Europe! With some very hard months ahead, I'm not going to write about the negative effects of too much screen time here, but instead share with you how we've chosen to navigate screen time in our household. And how our method has resulted in a cleaner house and kids kicking their personal goals!
WHAT WE DO
I have a home made 'Screen Time' chart stuck up in a visible and heavily frequented area of our home. It's been covered with clear contact and I have a whiteboard marker blue-tacked to the wall beside it. Each of our kids has their name written at the bottom of one for the tick box columns on the chart. Whenever the kids exhibit any of the behaviours listed, we reward them with a 5 minute tick. Positive reinforcement at it's finest!
HOW IT WORKS
After a few months of trial and error we've arrived at focusing 5 minute rewards for:
As a result of this system, we are more consistent as a parenting unit and the kids are more understanding of what we expect of them. And they are motivated to offer to do housework! Definitely makes the running of our home much easier. I'd be interested to hear how other people get their kids to help our around the home too - please leave your comments below.
I understand this isn't going to be a fit for everyone's household but if you'd like to try out our system I've included a free printable version of the chart that I"ve made up for you to try out below - with a version for 1, 2 or 3 kids (if you need more name spots just print it twice).
WHAT ELSE WE DO
There are a few other times technology pops its head up through our average week too which I'll mention here:
Pictured: the kids enjoying a 7 minute workout yesterday courtesy of Youtube!
WHAT DO YOU DO?
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