I love this idea @bobbi_rasmussen! How do you keep track of the minutes?
Good tips! Thanks, Krystal. My kids play MineCraft too. The older one (13) has been using it to create pixel art, looking at an example of a character and then adding the appropriate color blocks to make the design. I pointed out that he’s using math … plotting, X axis, Y axis … and got an eye-roll 🙂
Fri, Oct 6 11:37pm · Halloween or fall-themed treats
What Halloween or fall-themed treats do you recommend for a get-together? Preferably something that isn’t too complicated and that transports well 🙂
Good for you (and the kids!). We’re pretty relaxed about screen time, but in the past few weeks, I’ve found my 7-year-old with the tablet while having breakfast or a snack, so it’s time to step up my/our game 🙂
Neither of our children (the other one is 13) are very active in organized activities or sports, so they do have a lot of free time. We try to get outside as much as we can, and my 7-year-old loves to do arts and crafts. If we can keep her well-supplied with things to do, she’s not as drawn to the screen.
The few screen guidelines we’ve been fairly consistent about: on long car rides, the kids alternate screens and reading or another activity. For the older one, his phone has to be on the kitchen counter from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., and he doesn’t often get to take it with him, unless we will need to get a hold of him.
I look forward to hearing from others too.
Fri, Oct 6 3:06pm · Screen time
I know this varies a lot by household and age. What are the guidelines in your home for screen time? What works/what doesn’t for limiting it?
Hi, Amber. We have a 13-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter. My husband and I are navigating life with a teen — always interesting and quite different from when we were kids — and have a hard time keeping up with our daughter’s frequent requests to do projects 🙂 Looking forward to connecting with others here!