The last step is enforcement

The last step is enforcement

Wanting children to have a productive break from school, I tell my students that I want them to do two things this summer: read and do chores.  Reading improves their brain (and attention span), and chores helps them learn skills while helping out their families.  Along the same lines, I offer parents an E-contract.  The "E" stands for electronics.  It's a simple sheet of paper with 7 squares for 7 days and room on the bottom for 2 signatures.  The parents dictate how many minutes or hours the children spend playing with tablets, video games, tv's, phones, etc, each day.  It's a contract between the parents and their children and I recommend they place it prominently on the refrigerator.  The E-contract is either a fantastic tool to create electronic limits, or it's a worthless piece of paper meant to show how parents don't follow through on a daily basis.  Enforcing rules on children is the hardest part of parenting, but when children realize your consistency, you'll find less push back as they'll know with whom they're dealing.

 

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