Wednesday, February 24, 2010
We had two cups. One held three Popsicle sticks that Charley decorated. The other said TV cup on it. (I know super creative!)
In the morning he got to put his three sticks in the plain empty cup. During the day when he wanted to watch a show he had to take a stick and bring it to me and put it in the TV cup. By doing this he was aware that he only had one or two sticks left.
The first day he was in tears because he used them all up in the morning. But soon he learned that he needed to spread them out throughout the day. During this first experience with this I also banned TV from 8 until 12:30 each day. I figured one cartoon to wake up to....and then he could watch one in the afternoon during Henry's nap...and one around supper time when I was making dinner. It worked slick. It gave him the power over his TV shows - and we all know how much they love to have power. And when the whining about a show began I told him to go get a stick - and if there weren't any sticks left - he had himself to deal with.
I have the cups tucked up on our kitchen counter and Charley asks to "do" them every once in awhile. I also noticed after we first used this strategy that my kids didn't watch "too much" TV. It just seemed like it to me...because I am a mama that gets paranoid over screen time. I have also used them to monitor the combined screen options in our house...video games, computer, and TV.
How do you deal with your child's need to watch a show? The whining? Demanding? and your own personal restrictions on how much you want them to have in front of the tv?
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