scheduling computer, TV, homework, chores.

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I have two boys 13 and 15. One computer. Need ideas about scheduling 1 hour each on computer for homework, 1 hour TV, chores, homework. I cancelled their cell phones so I don't have to deal with late night texting. I know I can work it out on my own, but looking for great ideas that have worked for others. Of course they are "free" on the weekends, until 5:00pm Sunday night. Thanks!!!

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Kim - posted on 08/17/2010

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Hi Jana
I use a timer for the computer, my kids have an hour if its homework related but if its social ie msn etc then they have half an hour after school, by 6pm there is no more computer time during the week then its chores, homework, showers & getting school lunches ready all by 8.30pm which is their bed times. Admitedly we dont always run on schedule but we do our best to stick to our routines. Our main problem is the computer sometimes i just want to throw it out the window! lol i wish you the best of luck

Candi - posted on 08/16/2010

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My kids have also learned to compromise. Since my husband works at night, My son has to suffer in the dance studio for an hour or two while my girls dance and my girls have to deal with an hour and a half of Boy Scouts each week. This has been going on for 5 years now so they are used to it Its in their routine so much it doesn't even phase them. My son does his homework while the girls are dancing and my girls read while my son is having his boy scout meeting

Candi - posted on 08/16/2010

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Its a little easier in my house We have 3 kids and they each have a chore chart. If they complete the entire chart for the week, they can earn $10. For every chore they don't do, they have to put Money in a jar Showing them if they don't work, they don't get paid! I also do not allow video games in school nights My kids don't have cell phones, so thats not an issue. They can only get on the computer on school nights to do homework or boy scout stuff, no games. It has been working for a few years like that and its getting easier!

Lisa - posted on 08/15/2010

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We use a whiteboard to schedule everything for 6 people. I have the days written in permanent marker then use a whiteboard marker to fill in the rest. Permanent marker is also for things that we do regularly, like sports and visiting my grandmother (same day and time every week)
For chores I printed out a sort of calendar with them listed on it and then laminated it and put it next to the whiteboard.

Our way of dealing with late night texting was to not allow phones in bedrooms after tea. They sit on my partner's desk until the kids are ready for school.

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Janet - posted on 08/18/2010

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my son automatically knows once he's home from school no breaks, he's to start right in on his homework if he knows what he's doing that is as i don't understand most of what they're doing now as it's changed so much from what i had when i was there in the early to mid 70s! once everything is done, then nat only gets 1 hour a day or everyother day on one of two game systems, he limits his time here online too as well as his game systems, he doesn't do both the same day. if he overplays his limit, then he subtracts time off of his next time he plays or eliminates that time automatically from being played that day. he also knows my parents with whom we live with can also take time away if things aren't done which he's been asked to do! he's old enough to realize when he's done something wrong and takes steps to stop himself from overstepping the boundaries we've set for him. same goes for watching tv, if there's nothing good on, then we listen to music or do something else like just sitting down and talking or going for a walk around the block and talking too! really gets things out in the air and cleared up, takes pressure and stress off too!

Julia - posted on 08/16/2010

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I have four kids aged between 6 to 12 years. there's only one computer so I schedule/control their usage by firstly creating password and time log in for each of them. The standing rules have been 1) completed school work 2) did one or two revision study 3) chores all r done. Any one of the rules not done = no computers, tv n cell phone. Even if they fight among each other! So far it works.... good luck!

Ramona - posted on 08/16/2010

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My kids are great students and in sports, clubs, scouts and religious ed and teach Sunday School. I let them pick how they want to spend their time. I don't micro manage. But, if I get word that something was not done or grades slip, then I lay down the law. I start with TV/computer time and take away from there. My kids are expected to finish a few chores every day as well, not too many, but still some. They have cells, but that has never been an issue with them. I truely believe in giving them the choice on how to spend their time, it is they who will have to pay the consequences. I already finished school.

Ana - posted on 08/16/2010

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When you start a roster stick to it don't change things or you start to lose and you have to start again which is not a good thing either.

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Thanks Lisa, I know, it sounds so easy doesn't it?! I think my two have become masters at manipulation and even the simplest things turn into big ordeals. One of my big downfalls as a parent is coming home form being around kids all day and just not wanting to deal with any squabbles from my own two! I value your input because I see how I need to stand firm on setting a time limit for each.
Thanks so much!

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