As I've mentioned before, my kids want to watch too much TV and play too many video games. They've gotten really bad lately and wanted to do pretty much nothing else if we were home. I finally put my foot down today and made a schedule stating at what times the TV and computers can be on. I hung it up on the wall. Youngest has been complaining some because he's been the worst. The new schedule seems rather overly generous to me, but it seems tough to them. I had tried all kinds of other methods, trying to get them to just do a couple of hours a day, just telling them to turn it off about 3 times a day, etc. I even bought one of those TV timers but my husband didn't hook it up for me and I didn't feel like trying to move the giant TV.
Anyway, since none of my previous efforts worked and trying to get them to limit themselves didn't work, I needed something that would be very easy to keep up with and, even if I'm working, I can hear the TV come on and I can check to see if it is an approved time. Today, they could watch before noon, but nothing after that. Consequently, they've played outside, had a contest/tournament, made up superheroes and named them, played board games, read books and all kinds of things like that. Hopefully, we'll all be able to stick with this one, because it puts limits on the machines, and they are all the same hours and I won't have to try and keep up with all the kids different limits and schedules, and there is no arguing or trying to get more time.
If I can only withstand the whining ... daughter just realized she can't get her email until tomorrow morning!