So we are nearing the end of the third week of summer vacation at our house. The first two were rather chaotic, and we spent more time away from home than at home. But I did notice a disturbing trend the days we were at home--the tv. It was on way too much. I decided that I wanted to change our television viewing habits before summer really got under way. So here is our tv viewing chart.
Tyler and I whipped this up last Monday, and so far this week it has been working great. It's just a sheet of 12x12 patterned paper attached to a piece of cork board. I choose several different activities Tyler could do (and being the nerd that I am, I had to make sure each activity was written as a single verb) to earn his tv time. When he reads, or does his chores, he gets to move a thumb tack over. When he watches a half hour of tv, the thumb tack goes back. I have discovered he is funny, and so far doesn't really like to "spend" his tv time. Sounds good to me!
I do have to give props to my SIL who gave me the idea. She does something similar each summer with her kids. They earn "sticks" that they can redeem with her for screen time. I don't know her time limits, but they can earn sticks for physical activity, reading, or developing a talent. Then they can cash in as many sticks as they want at a time. In her words, if they want to save up enough sticks all week to spend 5 hours on Friday playing video games, ok.
Anyone else have any great tricks for controlling tv time in your home?