Screentime Woes

My husband, who I’m going to call MyHero, and I have been brainstorming ideas for how to regulate screentime for our children so that it’s fair for all and I don’t have to deal with arguments. One of the ideas we’re looking at trying is schedualing specific times for each child to have access to the computer or TV. Their times wouldn’t start til after noon.

See one of our issues is that they rush through their homeschooling schoolwork so that they can be the first to get to play. Hopefully having set times will eliminate that.

I also deal with, “Moooooom!!! He’s getting extra tiiiiime!! I want extra time if HE got extra time!” The problem is that usually they have NO idea how much extra time their sibling actually got. They seem to always forget to set a timer! Of course the one who’s getting the extra time denies that it’s anything over what they were entitled to. I can’t seem to get them to understand the concept that when you’re playing a game it doesn’t feel like you’ve been doing it for 3 hours. However, for the one who’s waiting it feels like it’s been 5 hours!

Our Unscheduled Field Trip

I promised to share about ManBoy’s 8 staples. It happened this past summer when we went to visit my folks for vacation. I grew up in rural AR. It is beautiful country. One of my favorite childhood memories is swimming in the Cassatot River. Back then it was not a state park. This is something that I’ve always wanted my kids to experience.

So the first full day we were in AR, we headed out to The River. It turned out that the area where we always swam was extremely crowded so my aunts, sister and nephew wanted to show us another area where they liked to go. They called it The Slide.

We had to do a little bit of hiking to get there. My sister, nephew and kids were a little ahead of us and were the first into the water. As we were coming up to The Slide, my sister said, “Dee, you need to come look at ManBoy!” It seems that slippery rocks and excited kids equals one of them smacking his head on a hard rock! And that is how we ended up taking a “field trip” to the ER while on vacation!