We are parenting in the digital age. Technology has its advantages, offering communication and convenience like never before to parents. But we know it's a double-edged sword especially when kids get too much screen time. One mom, however, had the perfect idea to use technology to her advantage, and it's just plain genius: withhold the Wi-Fi password at home.
Reddit user Aatrox94 posted a photo of a "love note" from a mom (not her own mom, he clarified). Using the Wi-Fi password as leverage, the unnamed mom was able to force her kids to clean the kitchen. She was also two steps ahead of her kids. "Said photograph MUST contain one box of crackers on the counter by the stove (to prevent re-using any previous photos)," the note read.
The rest of the note, including a line from the The Hunger Games novels, delivering the final laugh (in our humble opinion). "May the odd be ever in your favor. Love, Mom." Well played, mom. Well played.
Here are other ideas you can try to limit your child's screen time--and get some chores done.
Use cell phone chargers as leverage
Your kids will probably note that this is cruel punishment since they always end up with a drained cell phone battery. But sometimes this almost feels necessary.
Put a lock through the small hole of the power cord
Okay, the one above puts a whole new meaning to "grounding the kids," and a bit too extreme measure for us. What it does show is how parents are frustrated now with their kids. Our advice: family meeting on ground rules. Stress that the Internet and the gadgets are privileges that you can withhold when a rule is broken. Be consistent--try not to lose your humor.
Do you have more ideas on how to limit screen time, Internet usage, or cell-phone use in kids? Write them in the comments below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.