Screen Time Tickets

In our house we barely have time to breathe let alone watch hours upon hours of shitty TV. The minis love them some TV. They are especially prone to crappy (but harmless disney shows) and 'smart shows' aka nature/history/documentaries. If I let them they would have spent the summer watching the same episodes of Jessie and shark week shows on an endless loop. 

But I didn't because I love them.

I know that screen time fucks kids up and turns them into overweight zombies and as a mom and a human, I am not ok with that.  

Managing screen time gets a little tougher as the minis get older because they are aware of how many GLORIOUS (not) options they have whether it be TV, the Wii, the DS, or the boring computer that has learning games.  


In our house, screen time is limited to 30 minutes a weekday no matter what. We've recently implemented a ticket system. Each week they get 7 tickets. Each ticket represents 30 minutes of screen time. The minis write their names on them and they go in a jar. Throughout the week, they can lose tickets for things like arguing in the car (a favorite of theirs), being mean to each other, not listening to mom or dad, or many other common misbehaviors that come so easily to a 5 and 8 year old:) They can also win tickets by helping around the house. Louisiana earned a ticket yesterday because she cleaned their entire bathroom! Throughout the week they can only use one ticket per day after their homework is finished. If they want to use more than one at a time it must be on the weekends and can use no more than three at a time. 


So far this system is MONEY for #teamsawyer.  

Most of the time the kids forgot about using tickets. School started this week and they both have 6 tickets left. Our daughter is going crazy trying to earn more by helping me around the house (bonus!) and our son is 'saving up' to play Skylanders this weekend. It works for me as well because I prefer music as the soundtrack of our home as opposed to bad reality TV blaring throughout. 

What kids of systems do you use to monitor screen time with your minis?