A few days ago, I talked about How to Manage Your Child’s Screen Time (without a struggle!), and I shared a technique that our family is using to allow the children to earn their screen time. I shared a few examples of the chores and activities that our kids do to earn their screen time, and I had some requests that asked me if I would be willing to share the full list of ideas with you (of course!).
Here’s our full list of the chore options that my boys can select from and how much screen time they are able to earn. Some of the easier chores that earn a full 15 minutes of screen time are generally reserved for the youngest member of our family since he isn’t able to do some of the more difficult tasks.
I came up with a simple system that utilizes a glass jar for each child along with craft sticks that each represent 15 minutes of screen time. When the child earns screen time, I place a craft stick into their jar. When they want to redeem their stick for screen time, they simply take the stick(s) out of the jar and give it back to me. We set a timer for the appropriate amount of time, and when the timer goes off, so does the screen. Easy peasy!
Since introducing this system, we have not only reduced our children’s screen time dramatically, we have also greatly increased the amount of housework and chores that they’ve completed!
We recently received a Dyson V6 Absolute cordless vacuum from our friends at QVC, so cleaning the floors and rugs has quickly become my boys’ favorite chore.
It is SO nice to have a lightweight cordless vacuum that allows my boys to clean up their own messes without any assistance from Mom! Plus, cleaning the floors is a super quick and easy way for the kids to earn screen time, so we’re all happy!