Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How much television does your children watch or how often do your children play video games?

Are you a family that has either decided to go "unplugged" as far as video gaming goes? Or do you have a great system in place that rewards, yet limits television time or video game playing? If this sounds like you, would you be willing to share with the how you manage to find balance in letting your kid's play games, but still keep them active?

If so, we would love to hear your input. Here's how you can participate: Leave a message on my blog and tell us briefly how your system works and why you chose to do so!


Wa Wa Waughs said...

Now I don't have to monitor it at all. Of course, my daughter never really cared much about it. But the 19 and 15 year olds know that if we found it to be interfering with their school performance that's one of the first privileges that would be taken away. When they were younger, we used to set the timer on the microwave for computer time. Each person got 10 minutes, and took turns, UNLESS someone had a school assignment that they had to do on the computer. There was fussing occasionally about setting the timer, if the other didn't get off in time, etc., but not too bad. The one thing we did that was really good for a long time was QUIET HOUR after dinner. That meant NO MEDIA. Things they could do: Homework, Practice musical instruments, Play outside, Do chores, etc. I also had to make sure my husband cooperated with this too! It was good for all of us.

Alyssa said...

My children play no video games. They have played at other friends houses but we don't own a gaming system. They can also watch 1 show a day (cartoon or video). We probably have family movie night once a week...but that's it. I think limiting tv and video games and computers is a good thing.