Thanks to Holiday Haven for this guest post, loved this idea!
We have a chip system for our kids. they get 2 chips a day. 1 for good behavior and 1 for doing a chore around the house. They rotate chores every week. the poker chips are good for all electronics, tv, computer, Wii. 30 minutes. (We have also included things like treats, buying batteries for the various toys, saving up to go to the movies, etc.)Playing outside or coloring (creative things) are always free. My kids have been doing this for 4 years now. We use timers to monitor and take away chips for bad behavior. Its great and they still love using even at 11-13.
We have been using these all summer around here and the result has been that my kiddos are outside a LOT more. Which I love! And with more than one kiddo it is hard to keep track of how much time each has had, this makes it easier.
We use digital timers, although it's harder for the younger ones. When they do something good I'll let them add 10 minutes to their timer. Picking up all the apples that have fallen out of the tree is good for 15 minutes! ;) I love these coupons for the littler ones! Thanks!
We use the "play limit" at our house. It is great because when the time is up the screen goes black. Google: Play Limit.
Thank you for this great idea! I have been trying to think of a new way to keep track of my kids screen time and this is it!! Keep up the good work!! love your site and the money saving ideas.