Weekends can be rough when it comes to screen time. Especially when it’s not sunny outside, or when you have a kid with severe summer allergies or one with a physical disability. I don’t personally have the luxury of sending my youngest outside to just “be a kid” and build forts or run around on a play structure. I would have to be outside with him. That’s ok too, but not always convenient—or the point. How adventurous can one be with Mom constantly saying, “no, that’s not safe.” and “please don’t do that.” Ugh. OI. You suck.
Naturally they want to get on the TV or play on their devices. I’m not a parent who is uber freaked out about screens. I would get into some kind of defense of that mind-set, but I won’t other than to say my kids are well-adjusted, smart and doing just fine. Their brains aren’t mush because of some Plans vs. Zombies. Until the Zombies get through the last barrier and they’re out of lawnmowers… and then all bets are off.
It is always a little struggle to make sure the kids are doing things OTHER than technology when you, yourself have a lot going on. To help make this easier for us, we put together a check list and made it accessible to our kids in a spot they can easily reach and see. It takes pressure off of us as parents to think of things they need to do and lays out a pretty standard expectation of what needs to be done before screens come on.
If you think this might be helpful to you, here’s a PDF download to give it a try! We set the timers for them, but usually they go over because they’re having so much fun doing whatever it is they decided to do!