The sun was shining, we were all singing along to the radio...
ok, I was singing
and I blurted out
"We have a pretty great life, don't we?"
It is moments like this that I am reminded
I am, in fact, the only girl.
Me - "Right David?"
David - "Um, yeah, sure."
Me - "Right Alex?"
Alex - "What?"
Me - "Don't we have a good life?"
Alex - "Yes, we do have a good life."
(delivered in the most monotone voice imaginable)
Max - "You know what is the only thing not good about our life?
Screen time. Without screen time, our lives would be really great."
I have had a few people e-mail me recently...
(and a few more a while back)
who asked about our screen time rules that I mention from time to time.
(until revised tomorrow)
this is how it works:
Do your homeschool lessons = 30 minutes of screen time
Do your standard chores = 30 minutes of screen time
Do your special task = 30 minutes of screen time
A screen = anything with a viewing screen
(computer, TV, GameBoy, PlayStation)
Can you watch your brother play a video game or watch a TV program and it not take up your own screen time. Yes....but the caveat to that is we are home all day pretty much every day. They have a lot of free time. And I sometimes need an older one to help a younger one with reading on a game. And 2 of my kids would rather use the computer or the PlayStation over the TV. So it works for us.
Are there roll over minutes to the next day if you do not use all your screen time? No. Funny that my kids have never even asked that.
Can you do everything you need to and still not get your screen time? Yes. Having a bad attitude or not behaving looses you screen time in 10 minute increments immediately. This works very well for my boys out in public.
What is a special task? Like cleaning out the car. Basically whatever part of the house (or garage) I have a special project going in - they help. This weekend, for Alex, it was getting the Roomba and the remote control and using it to vacuum under my bed. (He liked that one.)
How do you keep track? We have a timer. And I can kinda remember. Sure they go over sometimes and all I have to do is ask. They are horrible at covering things up. I do the whole, "I need to be able to trust you on this" talk from time to time. I can ask if I don't know for sure if their time is up and I can always tell from their expression if they know they went over.
Do they ever get more than that? Totally. If they have to sit and wait at a Dr.'s office or go with me to get my haircut (yeah, they have to do that) or wait on a sibling to come out of a class - I let them have as much DS/Gameboy or laptop computer time as fills that space. Sometimes they read or do lessons in that down time....but 9 times out of 10, I let them have extra screen time.
Do they ever get unlimited screen time? When mommy is sick. They let me rest and I get to. It works for us.
Becky, there are many days I ask myself that same question:)
There are 3 reasons.
1. Homeschooling info - in August and in January, I tend to get a lot of e-mails asking about homeschooling. I wanted to have a place to keep info on why we started, what we use, our experiences with special needs, etc. It isn't that I have a lot of answers for homeschooling, but after 6 years I do have a lot of experiences to share.
2. Self promotion in scrapbooking. It is a little embarrassing to admit that - but it is totally true. I set up a blog (with lots of links to other blogs to help drive traffic here) to kinda put myself out there in hopes that a company would notice me. (I also cleaned up my gallery at 2 peas to represent my personal style, got active posting on the boards, etc). It worked. And for a few years I have done enough work within scrapbooking to pay for my addiction...I mean hobby...and to be able to do things around the house. I usually call it a "coffee table income" because I could buy a new coffee table with it but not like redo a whole room or anything. People in the scrapbooking industry have been very kind and generous to me.
3. I like having a place for my random inner monologue to land. I didn't start a blog for that but I would miss this one the most if I stopped. Half of my life happens in my head. I have always been an intense daydreamer. There is always a soundtrack or a silly voice or a cartoon explosion happening in there to accompany all the regular stuff in my day. I think that is why I so love being a mom to boys because the kids and I are always looking at each other saying stuff like..."If we were cartoons right now our eyes would be popping out of our heads...or it might rain anvils..." I write 75% of the blog for me and my own amusement. That is why I write about stuff that makes me happy or is random. I enjoy happy and random.
4. It is an extension of scrapbooking. Kinda like a rough draft for lots of things I don't want to forget to scrapbook about.
So if you have a blog - why do you blog?
And if you read blogs...why do you read them?
For real - why do read them?
In honor of the 4th anniversary of my blog --of the people who post, I'll draw 1 name and give away a $50 gift certificate to the random winner posted on Tuesday night...which happens to be my birthday.
And of course you can enter as many times as you want.