The Summer of Scorekeeping & Minimizing Screen Time
After a year and a half of online learning and limited affordable summer camp options, the hubs and I began to worry about exactly how much screen time Molly and Jack would be getting, particularly when we were working and they were lazing about this smmer.
While some days of camp,time outside with a vaccinated babysitter, family vacations within Ontario, and visits with Nana and Papa are all on the schedule there will also be a lot of downtime.
I am a big fan of kids having unstructured play time, on the other hand I have deadlines and Zoom meetings, and two kids fighting or complaining they're bored often leads to screen time to keep the peace, quiet, and deadlines met.
So, the night before the last day of school Chris and I sat out on our back porch to brainstorm some ideas on keeping screen time to an absolute minimum. Then, I had an idea.
Like most parents, I had seen the images of notes from parents to their kids doling out the Wifi password each day ONLY after they had completed a series of chores. This popular online parental trope gave me an idea.
- Writing letters or postcards
- Playing with the dog outside
- 15 minutes of typing tutor games
- Chores (what needs to be done is determined on a day by day basis)
- A productive, focused session with their tutor
- Tutoring homework
- Speech therapy sessions (this one is only for Molly)
- Walk the dog with mom