Every morning, DS who is 6, gets 20 video game dollars (20 in monopoly money) They are in a en envelope on the cork board. Each $ is worth 1 min so 20 $ 20 min. Additional min can be earned in increments of 5 or 10. So it is also a reward system. Arguing can loose $'s. There was one day he lost his 10 of his next days min. There are also rules as to when he can use them. A he has to have permission to spend them. B only 30 min can be spent at a time a total of 1 hour. C At other houses or if he has friend over $ do not apply.
3 good things have happened 1- He is not angry when his time is up because he KNOWS he will get to play again. 2- He is learning to budget time and money in a sense. (make wise choices on a small budget) 3- he will ask me sometimes what extra chores he can do to earn more video game dollars. SO that's always a perk!
So in my house 1 hour is max time spent on games.
at 2:53 PM on Apr. 30, 2011