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Screen Time Issues Solved : Our Summer System

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Screen Time. 

It is a whole thing in this house.  

During the school year it is not that big of an issue because we are busy but then summer…..

I have been reading a lot about kids and video game/ screen time addiction. I am a believer. We are three days into summer break and I just cannot take anymore asking, arguing, whining, fighting, eye rolling, zoning out.  I. Cannot.

Ultimately THE HUSBAND and I are to blame because we allowed the Xbox, Kindle, iPad, computer, TV etc into our home.  So I solved it with the token system. 

My hope is that their brains don’t turn to mush this summer, that they realize playing outside or with friends really is more fun and a little responsibility and work along the way is a good thing.  This should help us get all the rewards from summer reading programs. 

I cannot take total credit for this system. My bother-in-law has used it for a while and shared the details with me, then I customized it to our house.  

 

The Rules

Everyone gets 5 tokens for the week.

Each token is good for 30 minutes of screen time. (ANY screen)

You get new tokens every Monday.

If at the end of the week , by some miracle, you have tokens left over you get $1 per token.  The do not roll over.

Using your Tokens

You are responsible for setting your own timer, or asking me to set one.  If you do not, or you go over your time you lose the rest of your tokens.  (It’s also about personal responsibility and integrity. Plus, you have 3 brothers ready to throw you under the bus at any time. 🙂  )

You  do not have to ask to use your tokens, you can use any screen you want to play approved games etc.  Just put your token in the jar.

Earning Tokens

You can earn extra tokens for reading and math

Oldest Son (11)- 3o  minutes of reading and two math pages from the books his teacher sent home= 1 token

Middle Sons (7-9) 20 minutes of reading and one math page /or 10 minutes on with multiplication flash cards= 1 token

Youngest Son (5)- 15 minutes “reading” , working on his letter sounds or looking through books and one math page=1 token

Special Rules

Help me, they have already thought us so many special scenarios where they do not have to use tokens.

Family movie nights

ABC Mouse or Relfex Math on computer

Of course the play room has to be picked up in the morning and all chores have to be done before any screen time.

What is your system for electronics?!  I always love hearing how you guys manage things.   Feel free to try any or all of this, change it to fit your household and let me know how it goes!

Sonic Drive In Half Price Shakes All Day Today, May 25th

Need a school is out treat today? Or just a Thursday treat?

Get half-off Shakes and Ice Cream Slushes ALL DAY today at SONIC! Offer valid only on May 25, 2017, at participating SONIC ® Drive-In restaurants while supplies last.

Limit 5. Tax not included. Add-Ins cost extra. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.

If you can’t make it today, don’t be too sad, shakes and ice cream slushes are half price after 8pm all summer!

Hot Sunscreen Deals at Target This Week

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Target Shoppers get ready for some sunscreen deals! Through May 27th, Target is offering a Free $5 Target Gift Card with a sun care purchase of $15 or more when you use the coupon found in the Target weekly ad, on the Cartwheel app or by texting SUN to 827438 to have it delivered to your smartphone.

Here are just a few deal ideas:

Buy 4 Coppertone Water Babies Quick Cover Sunscreen Lotion Spray with SPF 50 6oz -$4.48 each
Total = $17.92
Scan the Free $5 Target Gift Card with Sun Care Purchase of $15 or more coupon in ad, on the Cartwheel app OR by texting SUN to 827438
-two $5/2 Coppertone Products 5oz+ regional coupons from the 5/21 SS (exp 6/11)
Or use the $3/2 Coppertone Products 5oz+ coupon found here
Or use $1/1 Coppertone Product coupon found in 5/21 SS or printable here
Out of Pocket= $7.92
Get Back= Free $5 Target Gift Card (for scanning above coupon)
Submit for the Free Fandango Movie Ticket
Final cost =as low as $2.92, just 73¢ each & a Free $12 movie ticket

Coppertone Sport SPF 30 Spray Sunscreen 7.5-8 oz. Bottles- $7.99
Buy 2 = $15.98
Scan the Free $5 Target Gift Card with Sun Care Purchase of $15 or more coupon in ad, on the Cartwheel app OR by texting SUN to 827438
-$5/2 Coppertone Products 5oz+ regional coupon found in the 5/21 SS (exp 6/11)
Or use the $3/2 Coppertone Products 5oz+ coupon found here
Or use $1/1 Coppertone Product coupon found in 5/21 SS or printable here
Out of Pocket=$10.98
Get back =Free $5 Target Gift Card (for scanning above coupon)
Submit for the Free Fandango Movie Ticket
Final cost=  as low as $5.98, just $2.99 each & a Free $12 movie ticket

Buy 3 Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen -$6.99
Total = $20.97
Scan the Free $5 Target Gift Card with Sun Care Purchase of $15 or more coupon in ad, on the Cartwheel app OR by texting SUN to 827438
  –$3/2 Coppertone products 5 oz. or larger printable coupon
And use the $1/1 Coppertone product (excludes travel size, stick and lip balm) printable coupon
Out of Pocket= $16.97
Get back =Free $5 Target Gift Card
Submit for the Free Fandango Movie Ticket
Final cost = $11.97 total – just $3.99 each + FREE movie ticket!

Buy 2 Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen $6.99
Buy Banana Boat Sport Lip Balm $1.99
Total = $15.97
Scan the Free $5 Target Gift Card with Sun Care Purchase of $15 or more coupon in ad, on the Cartwheel app OR by texting SUN to 827438
$3/2 Coppertone products 5 oz. or larger printable coupon
Out of Pocket= $12.97
Get back = Free $5 Target Gift Card
Submit for the FREE Fandango Movie Ticket
Final cost =$7.97 total – just $3.99 per sunscreen + Free lip balm & movie ticket

Through June 28th, Coppertone is offering a FREE $12 Fandango Promo Code to see ANY Disney movie at Fandango partner theaters whenever you purchase two participating Coppertone products 5 oz or larger in one transaction. Head over here for more information.

School is Out & So Is The Chore Chart + Harvard Proves I’m Right

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School is out Tuesday, at 11:15.

Summer.

We have a lot planned for this summer, lazy days, pool days, camping, traveling, bike riding, friend days, family events and so on. But you know what else this mamma has planned for the summer- The Chore Chart.


It is back. It worked really well last summer AND if anyone gives me any attitude this year I can say Harvard is backing me up.

There is a thorough ongoing experiment called the Harvard Grant Study that has followed the lives of Harvard University graduates since 1938 in order to figure out why some people are more successful than others.

According to the findings, young people need two things in life from a young age in order to be happy and successful: love and work ethic.   I pray everyday I show our children how loved and valued they are.  Also, I make them clean their bathroom.

The study followed the lives of 724 high-achievers (including the likes of President Kennedy and Ben Bradlee) in order to see what is the easiest way to become a successful adult, and here’s what Julie Lythcott-Haims, former dean of freshmen at Stanford University, explained during her recent TED talk:

“[The study] found that professional success in life, which is what we want for our kids … comes from having done chores as a kid. The earlier you started, the better. [A] roll-up-your-sleeves- and-pitch-in mindset, a mindset that says, there’s some unpleasant work, someone’s got to do it, it might as well be me … that that’s what gets you ahead in the workplace,” said Julie.

The chore chart stays.

I did want to answer a few questions about chores at our house.

No, we do not pay for chores.
Yes, we pay for jobs.
Putting away your own laundry is considered a chore, it is just not on the chart.
Yes, there are several other things like  helping clean up after dinner, picking up the family room, taking out trash, etc that are not on the chart but are expected around here.
Mowing the lawn is a paying gig.
There are lots of other “jobs” our kids can chose to perform to earn money. Sweeping the driveway after someone mows, washing windows, washing cars, sweeping front porch are just a few. No one is assigned these jobs, they are just listed and if you want some money you can do them.

How do chores work around your house? Do you distinguish between chores and jobs?  What chores do you assign?  I’m always looking for ideas. 🙂

Crazy8: Rash Guard And Swimsuit 2-Piece Sets Only $8.88 Shipped

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Through May 21st, Crazy8.com is offering  FREE Shipping on ALL Orders when you use promo code SUNNY at checkout! AND it just so happens, they are also hosting an $8.88 Sale on ALL Kids’ Swimwear including swimwear pieces regularly priced $19.88 or HIGHER!

That means you can get Girls’ Rash Guard & Swimsuit Bottom Sets for just $8.88 shipped with promo code SUNNY at checkout. You can also find Boys’ Rash Guards and Swim Trunks for only $8.88 each shipped (regularly $16.88) with code SUNNY at checkout.

You can shop here now!

Knox County Public Library’s Children’s Festival of Reading 2017

Knox County Public Library’s Children’s Festival of Reading is happening Saturday May 20, 2017, from 10am-3pm at World’s Fair Park.  This is one of our favorite events of the year!  It is a Free Event for the whole family, tons of fun and a great way to kick of summer reading.

Get ready for our 2017 lineup of world-class authors, illustrators, storytellers, and musicians! At this year’s festival, you’ll be sure to find lots of great:

Music & Storytelling
Food & Games
Community Groups
Arts & Crafts
Science experiments
and more!

This year’s lineup includes artists Adam Rex, Gwendolyn Hooks, Lita Judge, Sarah Weeks, Richard Sobol, and Mary Reaves Uhles. Plus, meet (in costume) Pete the Cat, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, Berenstain Bears Brother & Sister Bear, Corduroy, Where’s Waldo?, and Bob the Builder!

You can find more info and a schedule for the day here.

Amazon.com: CamelBak eddy Insulated .6L Water Bottle Only $8.50 (Regularly $20)

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Do you need a good water bottle for sports or summer? Right now, Amazon had this CamelBak eddy Insulated .6L Water Bottle for just $8.50 (reg. $20).   We won’t talk about the fact this is like $2 less than I paid for one last week. 🙂   But it’s OK because I love it.

 

  • BPA-Free
  • Imported
  • Keep your beverages cool for hours on end in the sleek and clean Camelbak eddy insulated water bottle
  • Double-walled bottle insulates to keep your drink cool all afternoon; keeps condensation from forming on the outside of the bottle
  • Redesigned cap and Big bite valve provide faster flow than previous versions; just bite and sip, and your beverage flows through the valve
  • Dishwasher-safe, durable, BPA-free & BPS-free
  • Camelbak Got your Bak guarantee: if we build it, we’ll Bak it with our lifetime guarantee

 

Two day shipping is Free for Amazon Prime members or on a $49 order, a $25 Book order.