Can I say I don’t have one?! This is something we struggle in since our winters are long and the children don’t get to play outside as much. I’d love to know what works for your family, so we can get some ideas for ours.
We usually put away most of the electronics for the duration of summer. But once winter hits, you will even find me snuggled up on the couch on Friday evenings along with the rest of my family and a giant bowl of popcorn.
But here’s a few things we’ve tried to implement in controlling electronics:
- We find it helpful to give the children specific days they can play their computer or video games. We haven’t started it yet this year, but as of last winter they were allowed to play one hour on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Videos we try to limit to our family nights or when Mom and Dad need an evening of quiet.
- We also encourage our children to read. Many nights they are in bed by 9 pm with instructions to read or do something quiet with lights out at 9:30pm. I’d love to find a good book we could all read out loud in the evenings together – and one we all enjoy, even Dad!
- And I am a game-lover! So this is one that the bigger boys and I will often do in the evenings. In fact, we are planning on beginning our winter-long game of hand and foot soon.
Now I would love to hear how you control the electronics in your home. This is not a question as to what kinds of videos or electronic games should be allowed – we’ll do that another time. I’d just love to have some ideas on how other parents are setting limits and what activities you’ve found enjoyable in place of them – or alongside of them! And if you have a recommendation for a good book, please leave it.