Kid Screen Time
My husband is terrified the kids will grow up not wanting to do anything but play video games as his nephews have... So we already have plans in place to limit that if it happens. My nine year old goes crazy when she is here because at her other house she constantly plays games online (her words) and I won't let her simply because I don't want the three older ones fighting for it. There are a few time where she gets half an hour here and there-more so in the winter because there's only so much you can do in a small house. But my husband like how my mom did it.
My mom didn't like how much we played nintendo (even though it was severely limited) so she made us coupons and laminated them they were small strips of paper like an inch by 3 inches that had numbers-5,10, 20, 30, 60. Certain chores we got so many minutes of screen time-whether it was non educational/family time TV or nintendo (we didn't have internet so that wasn't an issue). For doing chores we got a coupon, it depended on the chore and how much complaining was done for how big of a coupon we got. She kept a chart so she would remember what chore got what. We had to turn the coupons in to get our screen time, she would set the timer. When the timer went off, the TV or nintendo went off and she had the remote. If the nintendo wasn't shut off it would be unplugged. If we got in major trouble, we lost coupons.
I remember doing this for about a month, maybe two. After that, my sister and I knew the rules and followed them without needing the coupons (at least when mom was home, can't say much for when she at work or grandma's. :)) I was I think 9 when she did this..
Just thought I'd share in case other moms needed ideas. This is what we plan on doing if it becomes an issue. We already limit cartoons and they get shut off if the kids start fighting. Honestly, I don't see it becoming an issue for us simply because we have decided to do everything possible to keep it from happening.