Earn It

We don’t let the kids have a lot of time on electronics, but they are always asking for TV, computer, iPad, Wii, etc. I got fed up this week with the asking. I created the pom-pom system. They have to earn pom-poms and only when they have pom-poms can they ask for the screen time of their choice. They can earn a pom-pom for reading a book (or chapter), good behavior, and other random reasons I decide. (They can also lose them for especially bad behavior.) Each pom-pom is worth 10 minutes on any electronic device. This has been awesome. I still have veto power on when the pom-poms can be used but the kids don’t come and ask unless they know they have pom-poms in their jar. In fact, the amount of reading has gone up significantly!

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