No matter how many crafts, games or other fun activities you may plan it can be hard to fight the allure of the television. After several weeks of reminding the children to do their chores, to pick up after themselves and to stop watching so much television I had an idea. Why not use the pin code? Thinking it over, I couldn’t see a “downside” and so the pin code was set on many of their favorite channels, like Disney and Nickelodeon.
Now, don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of shows on television that I don’t mind the girls watching. I also have nothing against Nickelodeon or Disney, and often enjoy a show or two with the girls, but what I did object to was sneaking up in the morning to turn the television on first thing, attempting to do homework while watching television and being too busy watching it to pick up their toys and complete other chores and tasks like brushing teeth before bedtime.
It’s been two weeks now that I’ve discovered the power of the pin code and I plan to continue to weild the mighty remote control selectively.
Here’s a few things I’ve noticed:
- No chores or homework? No PIN code used to unlock your favorite television shows.
- No bathtime, pj’s or brushing your teeth? No PIN code.
- They are enjoying shows from the PBS channel more frequently (no PIN Code on that channel) finding the entertainment and education that they once used to enjoy until they thought they were too “big” for PBS. And, now they are finding big kid shows to watch on PBS.
- The PIN code works for the legnth of the show, unless you allow it for longer. This means you can allow them to watch one thing, for example a 30 minute program, and return to find a screen with a picture of a family.
It’s become so much easier to not only get things done, but to make sure the girls aren’t watching too much TV.
I’m thrilled with the results. Last night the girls wanted to do their Highlights Which Way USA, and didn’t even think of the television. I’m finding that chores are getting done, alternatives to TV watching are happening and that providing them with a PIN code is a great incentive to get them on the move. Sure, it’s more work and thought for me, but it is worth it.
Now, if only I could get the MUTE button to work on the barking dog, now that would be an accomplishment!
What do you do to cut down on television watching?
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