How to Reduce Screen Time for Your Kids this Summer

School is out, and Lord knows we don’t want our kids wasting away on their screens this summer.

I researched some ideas that would work for my kids and we are in the second week with a summer list I think you will love.

I seriously wake up in the morning and my kids have already brushed their hair, put on their clothes and made their beds. They’ve even read books and built or crafted an amazing project…all on their own. Now, my kids are 11 and 7, so they can do all of these by themselves for the most part.

This list has saved us! My youngest needs structure. Like, his body actually craves it and his behavior is best throughout the day with structure. He has really enjoyed the list. My mind is blown. IT’S ACTUALLY WORKING.

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Checking off their activities on their list.

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It’s funny how excited the boys can get from an expo marker and eraser.

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Print your own Summer Rules list for your kids. Click on the image below to download.

They’ve been busy reading, playing, exploring, writing, and using their imagination off screen:

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Building and using their imagination

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Playing outside…The list says 20 minutes, but they always end up being out there much longer.

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Reading and writing. Benson, my 11 yr old, has turned in 3 one page written reports-all on his own after reading books.

We went to the library last Wednesday to get books. Benson selected this book, 400 pages, and finished it yesterday. I’m so proud of him for being an eager reader.

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Reading and puzzles

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Building a movie fort

7 on 7 Photo Project

I belong to an amazing group of photographers.  Each month, we write blog posts and share them.  Take a minute to visit my friend Jen Vazquez, a photographer in California, to read her blog post. 

Learn how to use your digital camera!

Learn how to use your digital camera!

Make your smartphone photos look professional!

Make your smartphone photos look professional!