Zoey lost her screen time for a week. A week!! It’s kind of a long story, but basically she was just acting like Little Miss Poopypants and I told her if she didn’t knock it off that I’d take away screen time, and she must have confused me with a nice mom because instead of shaping up, she just amped up her a-holey behavior. Say adios to your screen time, kiddo.
And two seconds later I’m like shit, why did I do that? It’s like I’m punishing myself too because now she’s constantly in my face saying “I’m bored” and “What can I do?” Ummmm, you can not act like douchenugget next time and you’ll still have your screen time.
ME: Play with your dolls, play a game, color a picture, make up a dance routine, read a book, play with Legos, get a snack, clean up your room, play with your guinea pigs…
ZOEY: I did all that already.
ME: Want to paint a still life?
ZOEY: A what?
ME: A still life. I’ll set up a little scene and you can paint it.
It was awesome. Until she was done and had nothing to do again. I was tempted to let her have her screentime back but nope nope nope, I am not backing down this time.
Because here’s the thing. Do I believe in screen time? F yeah. If I didn’t use iPads and TV and YouTube Kids, I would have spent $23,725 on babysitters. I shit you not, I just did the math. Well, my calculator did.
But as much as I LOVVVVE screen time, I hate to admit it but taking away screen time can be awesome. Because when you push the off button, your kids can come up with some totally badass shit.
Like this thing she made yesterday.I don’t know WTF it is and we can’t close the door because it’s attached to the doorknob and I’m kind of wondering when we can take it down, but deep down inside I know it’s good for her. Because when this happens…
A crapload of imagination and creativity and building and engineering and all sorts of other awesome things her brain can do. And she transforms from Little Miss Poopypants back into a totally kickass girl again.
If she keeps being good on Friday she’ll get screen time back. But I can’t wait for her to lose it again so I can see what she comes up with next. Nahhh, that’s bullshit. Next time I’m taking away dessert.
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