I love the digital age, and I think technology is an absolute blessing that enhances and inspires creativity. But as we all know, from fiddling with our phones at every opportunity, it’s also a big time killer. And when you’re spending time on screens you’re spending time away from books, walks, board games, and all those other rich experiences of life.
Moderation in all things is a good mantra. (One I have yet to adopt for myself).
Wanting to monitor screen time used by Chiswick Boy is very much driven by selfish desires. I hate being that naggy-mum, who suddenly says ‘turn it off’, instead of setting clear and sensible boundaries upfront. Who worries about the amount of time Chiswick Boy spends on a screen while simultaneously spending my entire working day in front of one, and all my blogging and social media free time too.
So I was thrilled to try out these tokens – especially as they add a bit of gamification and fun to what would otherwise be a strictness festival.
The idea is that the child has a stash of time tokens that they trade in for screen time. We added our own twist – we held some vouchers back and Chiswick Boy can earn them for tasks like homework, violin practice etc.
And in return I’ve promised not to fiddle with my phone while we’re together.
The idea is not to make screen time seem bad and all those other activities as holier-than-thou, but it helps set a balance between those activities and screen time.
We knew it was working when on Saturday morning I woke up to find a 60 minute token dropping on my head. It was Chiswick Boy cashing in one of his tokens, and setting up the timer (enclosed with the token pack).
I didn’t have to nag all weekend – bliss. And in fact, what I’ve found through using the time tokens is that Chiswick Boy doesn’t spend nearly as much time on his screen as I thought he did. It’s helped us both get a bit of perspective.
Thank you for the lovely review Chiswick Mum