Sure, in a perfect world my son would make his bed and clean up the minefield of LEGOS without being asked. That would be the same perfect world in which I could eat chocolate cupcakes and lose weight. But in the world in which I actually live getting my son to take care of his daily responsibilities is usually achieved by a fair amount of threatening and frustration. At least until I found the ultimate motivator.
Screen Time Media Manager
is an app that allows you to set up a profile for each kid, and assign a
time limit of screen time for the day. That can translate into video
games, TV, computer time, you name it. You can use it to keep track of
that time by just pushing the start button when they power up the TV,
or–and this is the really cool feature–they can earn those minutes by
completing certain tasks, like finishing homework or clearing the dinner
Kids can also cash in their screen time for other treats
like a trip to the ice cream shop or, even better, getting a new book.
And older kids can choose to “bank” screen time to cash in on a
I say older kids, because I really don’t think
younger ones can wrap their heads around delayed gratification. Though
come to think of it, neither can I.–Betsy