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Tell Us: How Do You Control Kids' TV Time?

In today’s technology-driven world, moderating the amount of “screen time” our kids are exposed to is a never-ending battle. What do you do to try to keep that “TV Monster” at bay.

Moms Talk is a Patch forum in which we ask members of Patch communities across the Lehigh Valley to weigh in on an issue that affects parents, children of all ages, and, quite frankly, people in general. You don’t have to be a Mom, or even a parent, to have an opinion on our Moms Talk topic of the week. And, we, in fact, encourage people of all genders, ages and life situations to share their thoughts on our weekly Moms Talk question in the comments section below so that our “discussion” can become as broad and, hopefully, as useful as possible.

In this week’s Moms Talk, we’re exploring tips for controlling screen time and taming the TV monster:

It’s a topic that comes up in just about every parenting circle. And, as our lives become more and more technology-laden, it’s a topic that comes up among parents of younger and younger children. In this week’s Moms Talk, we’re looking for ideas for controlling and regulating screens of all sorts, for children of all ages. Some parents give their kids three coupons per week redeemable for one-hour of video-gaming time each. When the three coupons are gone, the game time is finished until the next week. Others allow each child to choose one half-hour TV show per day. Some caregivers allow hand-held video games for long car rides but never in the home. Still others let the screens be a free-for-all – as long as chores and homework is done, the kids can do whatever they like for as long as they like.

Now we want to know your thoughts:

What are your tips for “taming the TV monster?”

And, remember, you don’t have to be a parent to have a good suggestion.

Do you have an idea for a future Moms Talk topic? Email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

jmtm11 February 10, 2013 at 07:17 PM
disconnect cable, shut it off and tell them to find something else to do, sign up for netflix and allow kids to choose three movies per week.
JT February 11, 2013 at 08:08 PM
We use a tivo to limit what gets recorded. When they watch a pre-recorded show and Tivo goes BONG they know it's the end of the show and to turn it off, so 1 show does not automatically roll into another show. All TV is not garbage. PBS and Disney have some good stuff for the younger kids for learning in short bursts. The "How It's Made" type of shows have good stuff for elementary school kids.
Pat February 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM
We gave our children a # of poker chips, each worth 30 minutes of media time. When they were gone, they were gone. ( & sometimes were by 8AM!) Our kids learned discipline & controlled their own media time accordingly.
An interested bystander February 12, 2013 at 04:30 PM
That's a great idea!
WRVinovskis February 16, 2013 at 01:43 PM
We did the same thing, Pat. We had a jar of buttons. It really worked well and empowered them to make their own choices about media time.

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