As the kids get older I have a harder time getting them motivated to do their chores. We recently moved over to the earn your screen time method to help motivate and encourage them to “earn”.
Kids are being brought up in such a technology-driven world. All they see are people are on their phones, tablets, playing video games, etc. I need them to know that you have to work to get the things you want.
I think this mindset needs to be shown to them early in life. This way they know there is work to be done, like school work and chores, before playtime as they get older.
Don’t get me wrong.. some technology isn’t bad…
I will admit that we often use technology in our homeschool routine. There are a lot of educational videos out there that will help teach important skills. I even created a huge list of educational YouTube channels for kids.
You definitely need to check out these educational online games for kids.
Our neighbor has a child just a tad older than my two. I was shocked to hear that the family does not own a t.v. or video game system. They have a tablet and a computer, but that is only used for learning purposes. Stuff like schoolwork or any kind of business that needs to be done is what the computer is used for. Nothing else.
We use YouTube Kids a lot for various activities and educational purposes. The kids enjoy the videos and I like that I can block specific YouTube Kids channels if I want to.
I got to thinking that limiting their screen time wasn’t such a bad idea. They could earn their screen time by doing their chores around the house. Extra screen time can be earned by completing extra chores or acts of kindness.
We even made up a summer bucket list to keep them entertained and to get them out of the house for a bit and off the electronics.
Here are a few other educational activities and ideas to get the kiddos off the screens:
- P.E. Activities (includes a daily exercise tracker)
- United States flashcards
- Family fun night activities
- Collecting rocks
- Science experiments
It really brought us all together. We did so many fun things we did as a family because of the bucket list. Because we did so many things together, it brought us all joy. I was glad to see that we all could have fun doing activities outside together.
I created a free printable of the summer bucket list version we had, you can head over to the printables to grab it if you want. The kids will love participating and completing the activities and you’ll love the quality time you get to spend with them.
This is our Earn Your Screen Time checklist and chore list.
It’s not fancy by any means. As the kids get older and get more responsibilities, I will update the chore list as needed. To start off with, the items listed on the chart are more for learning natural life skills.
Life skills like getting dressed, brushing their teeth, eating healthy, etc. These are things I want them to get in the habit of doing each and every day, no matter what.
Some of these are done in the morning before we start our daily chores. Others can be finished after our homeschool routine. In addition, I put in a few bedtime chores with a couple of extra “bonus” things they can do throughout the day to them some extra screen time.
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