Although our weather doesn’t quite feel like summer yet (we had 6 inches of snow a week ago), the kids are in full summer mode, which means eating popsicles, staying up late, and trying to have non-stop computer time.
Last summer, we implemented a checklist in order to make sure our days had some redeeming qualities, amidst the hours of screen time. It worked so well, I’m implementing it again. This year I’m trying to hold them to the American Association of Pediatrics’ recommendation for no more than 2 hours* of screens per day, although some of us can do an hour just in the bathroom!)
So here, without ado, I present the 7 most common complaints in response to our summer screen time plan.
- Our friends can have as much computer time as they want! (I doubt this is true. In fact, I know it’s not true. It just feels true.)
- Owen’s been practicing for hours and won’t let any of the rest of us practice! (This one is actually true, and it’s why we now have two pianos.)
3. I’m doing __________ (swim team/ballet/gymnastics) later, so can that count as my exercise?
(The answer: not if you want to have computer time before you go.)
4. But there’s nothing to read!
5. But the house is already clean! (Ummm….. no.)
6. There’s nothing to make! (How about breakfast? Or lunch? Or dinner?)
7. But I’m so booooooooooored! (Actually no one uses this one, because when you’re bored at our house, it means you get to clean the bathroom.)
What does summer screen time look like for you? Are you texting your kids in the bathroom to tell them to slide the iPad out under the door?
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*update: I had originally write 1 hour (the AAP recommendation for 2-5 years olds.) My children were so mad about this that actually went and looked up the recommendation for themselves. It’s two hours per day of any kind of screen, for children older than 5. And no screens in the bedrooms, because they’ve been shown to interfere with sleep.