Monday, May 19, 2014

So You Want Some Screen Time?

We started summer vacation last week. In past summers, the small people spent (or wanted to spend) far too much time in front of a screen - computer screen, television screen, video game screen, etc. I don't want that to be the case this summer. I would rather they spend the majority of their free time outside, reading, helping around the house, etc., so I came up with a screen time policy that will hopefully help with this.


Image from freedigitalphotos.com/Salvatore Vuono
In order to have screen time, the small people have to earn it. I came up with a list of activities that would earn points toward time in front of a screen. 30 points = 30 minutes.

30 minutes of outside time = 15 points
30 minutes of reading = 15 points
Wash dishes = 5 points
Dry dishes = 3 points
Straighten kitchen counters = 3 points
Sweep bathroom floors = 2 points each
Straighten living room = 10 points
Straighten sitting room = 5 points
Straighten dining room = 5 points
Clean up after the dog in the backyard = 15 points
Straighten baskets of shoes = 5 points
Dust dining room = 5 points
Sweep front walkway = 3 points
Sweep front porch = 2 points
Sweep deck = 3 points
Clean garage = 15 points
Vacuum stairs = 5 points
Vacuum upstairs hallway = 5 points
Help mom with cleaning = points to be decided
Bad attitude or talking back = -5 points
Unclean room at bedtime = -30 points

Today was the first day we've used the points system, and so far it seems to be working. The Boy, who usually doesn't read without it being assigned for school, spent 2 1/2 hours reading this morning.
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