Last weekend the weather here in my little corner of Wisconsin was beautiful with a fancy capital B. We went for a family bike ride, roasted marshmallows in the back yard, and my girls played on their swing set for hours—something that hasn’t happened since last summer. It was absolutely delightful.
But. Between outdoor activities, my children sat their butts on the family room carpet watching TV. Or playing iPad games. Or begging me to help them research fish for sale on Petsmart.com. They’re growing up in a digital age, I get it. But we do have books in this house, I mean, the paper kind. And toys. And crafts. And a perfectly tuned piano. There are tons of things to do that have no association whatsoever with electronics. And I intend to maintain a healthy balance between screen time and old-fashioned play time. Especially as we head into the lazy summer months.
Today on For the Family, I’m sharing our family’s handy system for managing screen time and encouraging responsibility in the process. We used this system last summer, and it worked so well we’re already prepping the kids for repeat success this year. Join me on For the Family for all the details and a free printable of screen time tickets for your family!
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