joannqn Posted December 1, 2011 Share Posted December 1, 2011 I was trying to be lenient. It's been chaotic since moving, and school wasn't getting done. I talked to them several times about actually doing their school work and not taking every opportunity to take an hour long break. DH is a stickler for morning chores getting done and school started on time at 9am, whether I'm ready or not (because I often don't get to sleep until 4-5am because of sleep issues or toddler waking hourly). They know what they can do. They know how to do it. Lately, they've taken advantage of the leniency and don't even start chores until after 10am. "Helping DD2" becomes an hour of not doing school. "Lunch time" is declared whether lunch is ready or not and becomes a two hour thing. One hour of computer has become 2, 3, 4 hours. Etc. So, we made the computers unable to boot without a parent entering a pin. We made the Wii unable to be used without a pin by setting the games allowed at the lowest possible rating (all of our games are above that rating) and setting the internet controls (which makes the Netflix channel not work either). This makes it so I can't just say "sure" when I'm super busy and scatterbrained. I have to stop and enter the pin which gives me time to think about whether I even want them on it. It was either this to break the screens addiction, or toss them entirely. I envy the families who actually play games together. Kids who learn to knit/crochet, sew, read books, go on walks, do an in-depth project, do things that are worthwhile. Our family will join them....today. But first we have to get over the bad attitudes. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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