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In Control Without Controlling

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We seem to be stuck on screen time issues in our house. Our kids, 11 and 7, are allowed 20 minutes a day after they have completed all their chores. This is markedly less time than many children are allowed (as my 11-year-old son has assured me his friends are allowed to play for hours). They set a timer to let them know when time is up, but my oldest son will usually ask, "Is it okay if I finish this battle/race/etc.?" I usually say yes. I do not feel he abuses this extra time, but this is where my husband and I are at odds. He says, "Timer goes, time is done." I say, he has done all we have asked, it is minimal time, and I usually let him finish. I do not see this as one of those battles to pick knowing that if it were me, I would have trouble dropping my book mid-chapter or stopping mid-sentence in an email, etc. Suggestions?

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