Implementing

Use the Screen-Time Challenges to meet your family’s needs, whether you use them every day, weekends, or on an ad-hoc basis. We’ve been using them for years and here’s what we have found works well for us:

  • Screen-time can be earned every day except Sunday (no screens allowed).
  • Tuesdays (short school day for us) and Fridays are “double trouble” days where every challenge earns double screen time.
  • We don’t typically limit the number of challenges or screen time earned because we find they are naturally self-limiting.
  • We allow banking and advance earning. For example, our son will sometimes do extra challenges in advance to bank larger amounts of time. We feel this teaches planning skills.
  • We sometimes make exceptions for sleepovers, but occasionally break up excessive screen-time periods by giving them a fun group challenge. It’s been well received.

Grading

We have found “effort” and “quality” to be the most meaningful metrics, but you might consider adding categories for skills your child needs to work on. For example: “focus”, “neatness”, “patience”, “attitude”, etc.

Once they are accustomed to the grading and the expectations, consider introducing self-assessment. This helps with metacognition. It also gives them a greater sense of control of the outcome. You can compare your assessments and discuss the differences. As long as they are being reasonable, you shouldn’t have to overrule them.