Are you a briber? (Is that even a word?) I guess it is now! How many of you bribe your kids to do their reading or homework, so they can play outside with their friends, watch TV or play on an iPod? I am raising my hand slowly because I do it all the time. You can call it negotiating, bribing or just plain parenting but we all do it.
This weekend we had the perfect example of this. Emily has been wanting the 2nd season of her favorite tv show since she began watching the 3rd season. She paid for the first season but didn’t have the money to purchase the 2nd. Scott told her if she read two of the books (the tv show is based on a book series) he would buy it for her. Friday, she came home from school and started reading. She read ALL weekend and by Sunday morning she had earned her season.
Brad is our gamer boy! He loves his XBOX but his newest game is online where he can play along with his friends. They are skyping (at least 3-4 of them at a time) while they play Minecraft. It cracks me up. As much as I like him spending time with his buddies we do have limits. At 10, he would much rather be hanging out with his buddies than doing his reading or homework. We have to explain to earn the online time, he has to take care of his school work as a priority.
One of the other things the kids have been doing is hanging outside with their friends but they all have their iPods and play games together. The girls like sites such as DressUp121.com while the boys are hanging out playing “more” minecraft or filming skits. I know there is controversy on screen time but I do think these kids can take the creativity of these sites and learn skills in a fun way by creating makeovers, doing some cake decorating or brain games that makes you think. (I even play those since my brain gets a bit fuzzy at times, especially the older I get!)
What are your thoughts about online time? Do you have limits or do a little “bribing” so they can earn that time? I would love to hear your thoughts.