It seems that all parents these days are struggling to get their kids disconnected from whatever electronic device they are glued to. This parent of elementary kids was able to use CHOICES and found it worked like magic. Try it! It can take the battles away.
This past Saturday night, my kids were watching a movie on TV. (They are allowed to watch TV/play games only on weekend.) It was about 9:10pm and I was about to tell them to stop watching and prepare to go to bed as we needed to go to church the next day. Then I remembered what we were taught last week and I changed my mind and gave them two choices instead. I said “Do you guys want to turn TV off now or in 20 minutes?” Of course, they chose to stop watching in 20 min. Then it came to 9:30 pm and I was not so sure if they would keep their promise. Still, I reminded them that 20 min. is up. To my surprise that they did not say a word and just got up and shut the TV off even though the movie actually was at some kind of dramatic moment. So I praised them and told them that it was good to have a suspense so they can finish the next night.
Some of you might ask, "What do I do if my kids don't get off in 20 minutes?" Great question! Move on to the Energy Drain technique if they start to whine or resist about going to bed. Remember, you have the option to say, "This is sooooo sad, this really drains my energy. I'm going to have to do SOMETHING about this."