I actually wanted to title this post…”Now What We NOT Gone Do This School Year…” but decided against it. Never mind it was grammatically incorrect, the title was just way too long. All joking aside, my kids are not transitioning well from summer to the new school year and they really need my help. So they’re getting it. Time for some new rules.
This past summer, they got into the bad habit of binging on both TV and digital devices. That’s the way of the world, right? Only if you let it. All summer long the kids had their faces stuck in either the iPod, iPad, Nintendo DS, or WiiU playing every game they have when they weren’t in camp or at the local pool. But to be fair, they were given a goal of completing 10,000 questions on IXL in hopes of scoring the new Nintendo Switch. Well, only one kid met the goal.
We learned ALOT about the kids this summer with this task. We learned that one kid is goal oriented and loved the PROMISE of the reward, and actually divided up the number of questions which needed to be answered in order to reach the 10,000 questions goal by the first day of school. The other kid needed to actually SEE the prize (as in we bought a prize in lesser value and dangled it in their face) in order for the goal to be met.
So after a summer of maxing on game time, they think they are going to come home and chill on the sofa in front of the TV. They both know that there are no digital devices, other than using IXL on the iPad, during the week. And even on weekends, the time will be monitored.
We all know it’s the first week of school and very little homework is given, if any, from the schools. I believe the teachers are doing in class assignments trying to gauge what the kids know, put them in groups with kids of various levels, etc. I get it, but this is also time where we step in to fill the gap.
As we try to get used to a new schedule, I told the kids today that until we get into a groove, they should complete their chores, enjoy a snack and chill for an hour. At 4:30 p.m. they will go up to their rooms to read (quiet time/dinner time for me), complete their daily IXL requirement, or research a person, place or thing. Depending on the day, we may then leave for their daily activity if necessary.
But what they’re not going to do is come home and veg out on the sofa in front of the TV.
Answer this: Do you have a daily schedule? Do you allow your kid to play any devices during the week?
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