Lots of parents I know want to limit their kids' exposure to screens, but don't want to monitor them every minute of the day to make sure they're following the rules. Sure, there are parental controls and apps to limit usage time, but I recently came across this super-simple concept courtesy of my friend Anne. This is one of those why-didn't-I-think-of-that ideas.
She charges her son's iPad once every three days.
This usually works out to about two or so hours of available time per day. Her son has learned to dole out his entertainment carefully because if he runs of out juice, he won't get another full charge until the time is up. It's a great lesson in budgeting and also a way for his mom to make sure he doesn't spend all day watching movies instead of real-life activities.