This Parenting Hack Keeps Kids From Being Glued to Their Devices All Summer

Back when I was a kid, there wasn’t much in the way of screen time aside from giant box TVs and the early generations of Nintendo systems, so my friends and I spent the duration of our Summer vacations outside on our bikes, running through sprinklers, and climbing trees. Times have certainly changed, and with the sheer amount of tech available to both us and our kids, who would want to go outside and ride a bike when they could sit in the air conditioning and ride a bike on a game on their phone?

To ensure your kids accomplish more this Summer than crushing every boss in Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu on their Nintendo Switch, or playing Fortnite with their friends until all hours, employ the help of a checklist, which requires your kids to complete personal tasks, chores, and activities before using their tech each day.


We’ll do the legwork for you and provide ample examples for what your kids’ checklists could include, but you can also full a personalized version tailored to them (see printable versions of both below), or have them accomplish a few items from each category in the following list:

Personal tasks to complete before using screens

Brush your teeth
Bathe/shower/wash face
Get dressed
Eat breakfast/lunch

Household chores to complete before using screens

Clean your room
Make your bed
Put dirty laundry in the hamper/washer
Tidy any toys/books/crafts you’ve played with today
Set the table for breakfast/lunch
Clean up after breakfast/lunch
Feed the family pet
Water the flowers/garden


Screen-less activities to engage in before using screens

Read for 30 minutes
Paint, color, write, and/or build for 30 minutes
Play outside for 30 minutes
Ask mom/dad/nanny/grandparent if they need help with anything

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