Monday, January 18, 2010

Technology Tickets


Oh, to have to be a strict mother - it stinks. My kids love TV, DVDs, video games - you name it. And there have been many times (probably too many) that I have been so grateful that they will sit and devour a show while I do something. BUT . . . . there has been some bickering lately. Too much bickering. When all else fails, and I feel like throwing my hands up in the air, I usually buckle down and dig down to my elementary school teaching roots. We come up with systems.



I read on Ashley Ann Photography blog about Wii tickets. At first it seemed like a lot of effort, but as the crying and stomping of feet increased, I went back to this. I just used plain old tags as tickets. I think a pack of 25 cost me $1. I stamped their names on them. They each get 10 and Tom and I get 5 labeled "reward." We can pass them out as rewards. Perhaps my favorite part of Ashley's idea was that chalkboard clipboard. I had chalkboard paint, and old clipboards . . . . so that was easy.




Here is our system. Each ticket represents 1/2 hour of technology. On Sundays after church, they receive 10 tickets. They give me a ticket, I set the timer. Tom and I reserve the right to say "no" even if they have a ticket, though. That's for when they bust out the ticket at 8:00 at night, or they have already used several tickets in a row. When they are out, they're out and no amount of crying will get them more tickets. I sure hope this works. I'm crossing my fingers. At least if it is another system that doesn't really meet our needs, it was a cute system!



PS - check out First Time Books . . . they make cute books personalized to your child -more than just their name. You can choose race, hair color, friends, birthdates and on and on. G. has the ABC book and loves it. Just thought I'd pass it on.

50 comments:

Tammy at Tattered and Timeless said...

Wow that may be what we need to do. My 1st grader would love to play the games all day. But he gets plain mean when he is on them for long periods. Kinda like he forgets how to interact with others. We have been only bringing the systems out when he has a break and then not at all while school is going on..but this may be the way to go...let me know how it works out please.
tammy

Jill said...

Such a great idea! I love it.
-Jill

Leigh said...

Sounds like a great system. Hope it works!

Kasey said...

What a great idea! I might have to use it! my son gets out of control sometimes when it comes to technology- I mean go play with your toys or ride your bike you just had to have for cryin' out loud!!!

Centsational Girl said...

I love this system !!! I'm getting anxious just at the thought of all of that technology potentially entering the house someday. Thanks so much for sharing !

Gray Matters said...

Great idea! Love the clipboard idea!

Sarah said...

What a great system. Love the chalkboard paint and tags..too cute.

PenelopeLovesLists said...

I think this is a great idea, both as part of good parenting and as decor. It looks as cute as it's clever!

Kendall at Finesse Your Nest said...

What a GREAT idea! The video games are the source of all evil at our house too! I have 2 boys, 14 and 9, and they always want to play different games or the younger one gets upset if brother is beating him in a game. We started a new rule during the school week: 1 hour per day each and only after all homework and chores are done. Seems to be working well so far, but I'll be remembering this idea if I need a backup plan! Thanks for sharing!

Your cool friend, Cheryl said...

I don't look forward to the days of bickering over TV, etc!!

Kristen said...

BRILLIANT!!!! Graham and Greg are fighting over the Wii non-stop (2 different ability levels are to blame) and I am so tired of it already and we got it for Christmas! Ack! Going to try this - thanks so much for sharing!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Love this!!! What a great idea!?

HMichaelsen said...

Great idea! I'm always looking for a way to reign in the media time!

jenjen said...

That is a great idea! I used to do that when my kids were younger. Of course my tickets were not cute. It seems like my older kids are so busy they don't have time for tv or video games. Your tickets are awesome! Do you mind if I put it with my Friday Favorites??

Love it!

XOXO
Jen

Laurel H. said...

GREAT idea; keep us posted on how it goes...

Kelli said...

WONDERFUL idea. Thanks for sharing.

The Harris Family said...

What a great idea! We might need something like this very soon.
-Crystal

pk @ Room Remix said...

It's a great idea AND super cute!

Jen said...

We keep circling back to having to manage tech time with the older two, this looks like a great idea. Let us know if it helps!

Jamie said...

Reeeaaally cute!

Sheri said...

That's a cute idea!

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

What a cute idea- and so cute to boot! I definitely need to put something like this in place in my house.

Kim -today's creative blog said...

great idea, keep us posted.

Emily said...

Love this idea - and really love that chalkboard covered clipboard!

Molly said...

This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!!!

Gina said...

Amazing idea! We'll be implementing this for sure-there's way to much foot stomping and whining about the Wii at our house.

I had fun reading through your blog today!

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

That is a wonderful idea! I need to try this with my newly turned 4 year old!
Lots of foot stomping, fits happening these days!
~Amy

Ashley Ann said...

How fun! I loved that you tried it out, I hope it works for your cute family!

Stacey @ Fun to Craft said...

Such a great idea!! I only have a 2 1/2 year old but I already want this! I just think it looks dang cute too and if it works, even better! Thanks so much for sharing it!

Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista said...

This is great! I have an elementary school background as well...and am just ga ga over systems! We can learn a lot from the classroom! They do it at school...they can do it at home! This is a fantastic idea I will have to remember!

Becca @ Blue Cricket Design said...

so featuring this!

Freckles Chick said...

Only you can make a "system" look this CHIC. Only you. =]

I'm about to employ this idea for our grown up friends when it comes to Wii. Ha!

Cherylene said...

So quick questions because I really want to implement this at our house.

Do they gain/lose tickets based on behavior? Is that the tickets they get for the entire week or do they just get to play on Sunday?

manda said...

I am totally copying this!! LOVE IT!!!!

The frazzled Wifey said...

I love this idea and as a homeschool mom we've been trying to figure out how to fix the battle of technology. It might just work. I look forward to reading more posts from you.

The Frazzled Wifey

Karla said...

Just found this post through Becca from Blue Cricket Design...all I can say is...THANK YOU for posting this! It is exactly what my family needs. Well, more specifically, what my boys need. They will hate the new system, but I will love it! :) It's genius!

~Karla @ It's The Little Things...

B.jane said...

GREAT idea!!!!!!

Stephanie Lynn said...

Fabulous idea! Love the concept and the clever way you have them displayed! Great job.

Beth- the mama bee said...

Growing up, we had a similar system (not as cute though). At the end of the week, my mom would buy back unused ones. I think we probably only got $0.50 a 1/2 hour or something, but I prefered cash to time.

Rachel said...

Just clicked over from Tatertots and Jello! THANK YOU!!! This is such a great idea and I will be stopping at Michael's and the Dollar Tree on my way home from the gym this evening to collect the supplies. We've been struggling with finding something that works for us and I can't wait to implement this idea.

-Julie said...

That is an awesome idea, and you did a great job! It looks super cute!

momcat133 said...

I like this idea! I even have some supplies to make it! Thanks for sharing!

Lanie said...

Such a great idea. Our t.v. is on entirely too much! I linked to this in my Friday Favorites. Come and get an "I was featured" button if you like. ~Lanie

Stacy said...

Love this idea! I may have missed it, but what did you use to put the tickets in? They look like paper bags, but smaller. I don't know if I have seen them or maybe they just look different in the picture. Thanks!

The Pink Giraffe said...

Love this! What a great idea.

The Heki Family said...

I love it! Where do you put the tickets when they are given to you? Also, why does it say the days of the weeks at the bottom? Please email me the details. Thanks!

Mae

Jen said...

yes brilliant idea, my son drives me crazy asking me 20 times a day can he watch tv, play computer, etc... this will be great...I really limit how much time they have and might actually only give 5 tickets instead of 10...atleast to start and see how it goes. But LOVE This idea for sure! Maybe I need to implement the same concept for myself ;)

Kat Curtis said...

Laurel - this is a great idea. I've been trying to figure out if we are going to try this or not since my kids aren't hugely into shows, but that is mostly because I don't let them. Are you still doing this? How has it worked out? I put this on my blog too - thepolkadottedturtle.com - and cited you as the source for the idea. Thanks! Also, after I posted it my sis-in-law said that she knew you from the Alameda ward. Small world!

Susan and Lee said...

What a great ideas! i am going to do this. Where do you get those tickets?

Greener Grass Academy said...

Such a great idea! I hope you don't mind if I link to this post in a blog entry!

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