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    Okay, friends. What do you all do about your kids and how much "screen time" they log every day? My 12-year-old is driving me nuts right now! Not wanting to play with other kids or his siblings, complaining about the very little we require him to do to contribute to the family (walk the dog, empty half the dishwasher every day), etc., because he wants to be doing XYZ on his iPod, the computer, the TV. Arrrgh. Wondering what has worked for other families. Insight needed, please!
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    My kids have to earn computer and videogame time by reading. 1 min of reading = 1 min of video games and we do not allow rollover minutes During the school year, TV time is limited to maybe 1hr a day but only if it's Disney Channel, Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon (yes, even for the teens). They usually don't even bother. During the summertime I'm much more lenient. But if they get in trouble because of any reason (talking back, leaving a mess everywhere...), then any screen time becomes off limit.

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    That is a tough one we are having the same problem. I do not mind them having media but they have to do chores, get some exercise, be creative, just anything else besides the screen. Sometimes on rainy days they can spend all day with media and I don't care but that is only once or twice a month.
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    Chopping wood worked for my sons, and no we didn't have a fireplace LOL. When they were that age they needed some kind of physical work, to be able to not be bored. Mom had no issue with providing it.

    My little ones watch a couple of shows. We have no video games in the house. I probably won't at all this time around. If I hear I am bored, then even at this age I give chores. Of course at this stage the little ones thing dusting is fun. But teen boys will do school work over weeding the garden, or mowing the lawn, washing the car, etc. LOL

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    My kids get up to 2hrs a day of non-school related screen time (excetions may be made for movies lasting longer than 2 hrs or special occasions). They have to earn the time by doing their schoolwork (including at least 30min quiet reading) & their chores. If they can't do their chores & schoolwork, I see no reason to grant them the privelege of TV or computer time. Also, hubby or I has to approve of what they'll be doing with that screen time. We monitor what they watch, sites they visit, etc, as well as how much time they spend on it.

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    Can I print out your answers and show my son he's not the only one with rules? I think he thinks he has the only "mean mom" in the neighborhood!
    ~Christina
    Currently homeschooling parent to one adolescent:
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    LOL They all believe they are the only ones on earth having to go through the teen years, no one has it as bad as them, no one has parents as bad as theirs, LOL Thank goodness the teen years don't last any longer than they do, or WE might not survive them LOL.
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    Now that summer is here, my 3 seem to be somewhat self-regulating. They seem to be spending a lot more time away from screens lately. There's some video games and a tiny bit of TV, but they are outside a lot more often or even just playing in their rooms. I hope it lasts.
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    Oh, to have a self-regulator! Well, I do--two of them--but they are nine and five. The twelve-year-old literally seems addicted to his screens. We've gotten lax as summer has progressed and he's a "give him an inch, he'll take a mile" kind of kid. I like the idea of trading reading (or MATH--that would be the ultimate in trading) minutes for screen time. Jazz used to read incessantly but he seems to have slowed down considerably and often starts but does not finish the books he does read.
    ~Christina
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    and also mom to
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    and J.J. (9 - at a small Waldorf-inspired school)
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    Unfortunately, my kids seem to be the only ones in the neighborhood with rules & responsibilities. The neighborhood kids are unsupervised whenever they're outside, even the ones who are younger than Jay (who's only 6). They play in the alley, ride their bikes in the street, go into people's yards without permission, hit houses with sticks & rocks, etc. When we tell them that our kids can't come out until they've done their chores or schoolwork, the neighborhood kids look at us like we're speaking a foreign language, then they ignore that we told them that & ring the doorbell 5 minutes later to ask (again) if the kids can come out to play.
    Of course, this makes my kids complain because "The other kids don't have to do chores before they can play. They don't have to check in with their parents. They don't have to stay in a restricted area (this one was when we told them they couldn't walk to a gas station with the 5y.o. neighbor, because the gas station was known for being a common place for drug deals)."

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