What are your summer screentime rules? (and how is it working out?)

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erincaserio
erincaserio

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I'm not sure yet, to be honest. My kids have been asking to be outside a lot these days—it could be because we have a new trampoline and our neighborhood is crawling with kiddos. They are 10 and 7 and seem to be craving more outside play, at least right now. I think I'm going to stick to my standard 20 minute timer for iPad games though when they finally do get their fill of bikes and sidewalk chalk. We'll chill out and watch our fair share of Netflix cartoons though, don't you worry. I figure as long as we've had some balance of active/outside/imagination, we can enjoy some screen time.

Kalli Verbecky
Kalli Verbecky

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My big kids (ages 7 and 9) are alone in the mornings from 9-12, they have a daily checklist of things to do including math worksheets, a daily chore, reading time and a healthy activity (jumping on the tramp for 20 min, taking the dog for a walk, pushups, sit-ups, etc.) that have to be done before they can turn the tv or use ipad. After I get home it's just whenever I decide I'm tired of it being on and yell at them to turn it off. They don't have their own phones or tablets so, it's relatively easy to monitor.

Debbie Gisle
Debbie Gisle

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I swear our rules change every year. It usually starts with no screen time until daily chores are done and bedrooms are acceptable with beds made. That way, if/when friends stop by, they can go and be free (and I'm not mortified by a trashed house when people stop by). Buuuut.... we just banned any and all screen time (including TV watching) until I cry uncle because we need a serious electronic reset in our attitudes. They will get peppered with family movies or mom-is-going-to-die TV time, but that's it.

april_todaysmama
april_todaysmama

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Following! We need screentime rules!

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