Just look at this.
Seriously. Doesn’t he have the most beautiful eyes?
Too bad I don’t see them much lately. Because he is doing this.
The time has come to start setting some real limits with video game time. I’m not sure how I knew….maybe it was him not being able to go to sleep for about 2 hours past bed time one night because he just couldn’t quit thinking about how he wanted to win the next level in his dinosaur game on the DS……
I had seen a tutorial at Lil Blue Boo on how to make tokens for things like video game time, tv time, sweets, etc. I absolutely love her blog. She has so many awesome tutorials on crafts, painting, etc. – it is full of artsy inspiration. Right now, Ashley is dealing with serious health issues, and the way she is handling that is extremely inspirational. Check out her blog if you don’t already read it. Back the the tokens…..The ones Ashley made are SO cute, and I really wanted to copy hers. I couldn’t get the ink transfer to work like she did, so I had to use another method. I’m sure I was doing something wrong. Anyway, I decided to use some stamps I had, instead.
I bought 1.5″ diameter wooden nickels at Hobby Lobby. Then I just stamped numbers onto the face with embossing ink and embossed with brown embossing powder and my heat gun. Messy, and fun! If you want to learn more about embossing, I learned from watching Jennifer McGuire’s video tutorials.
I ended up making tokens for 20, 30 and 60 minutes. I told the kids that they have to earn video game time by reading or practicing math. We are only a few days into it so far, so we will see how it goes! So far, he seems to be following the rules pretty well, though we’ve had a few attempts to sneak a game. :)