Originally Posted by oliversmum2000
my children are 9, 7, 4 and 1.
my 1 and 4 year old could cope if i restricted tv a lot more and even my 7 yo wouldnt be so bothered, but my 9 yo is a very high needs child who is very intense and has always had a huge affinity with screens, computer or tv and i know he would really really struggle with having no tv.
i was just wondering how people have coped with reducing or eliminating screen time for older children.
I've never posted in TV-free before, but let me tell you what has worked SO WELL for us. Huz and I got rid of cable/tv programming about 45 days ago and we are
happy. What we've done is budget (for us, $25 per member of the household) an amount of money that we can spend on iTunes, which has TONS of tv programs. We sold our computer and bought a mac mini, which we have hooked up to the tv. So whatever DVDs we have are allowed, and each person can buy tv shows off of iTunes. When your $25 runs out, you're done (we're on the honor system now, because it's just me, huz, and a toddler). So basically I can buy two seasons of my favorite tv show every three months or so; huz can do the same, and it is still cheaper than what we were paying for cable.
Re. older kids, (we think) this will be a great tool for learning about money. So 9 yr. old gets $20/month (for example). He can buy 4 episodes of X Show plus 4 episodes of Y Show @ $2.50 per episode, or he can buy a whole season of X Show (say 27 episodes) for $20.00. Which will he do? Then he can decide again the next month.
Re. sharing, say the 9 yr. old and 7 yr. old get $25/month to share. Which shows are they going to pick? What will they do if there is money left over? Good values to be taught.
I think you could do the same thing with DVDs, but iTunes just makes it really accessible, which is nice.
There is A LOT less tv watching going on in my house these days. I think I should make a thread about this, maybe....