What are your family’s “screen-time” policies?

Would it surprise you to know that our family doesn’t enforce any kind of screen-time or electronics limit?

Would it surprise you that our 12-year-old daughter’s favorite thing to do is play Minecraft – for hours?

Would it surprise you that we view this as an integral part of our homeschooling?

If you know us, probably none of that is surprising, even if you completely disagree. I’ll be the first to say that it works for our family, but I’m not claiming it’s right for every family.

That said, I recently spent the week explaining some of the value we find in video games on our blog, Our School at Home.

You can read the six-post series here. In it, I address games that we find valuable in the areas of math, history, creativity, social skills, fitness, reading, writing, spelling and more.

My claim is that the series is for you if…

  • You don’t limit your kids’ screen time.
  • You DO limit your kids’ screen time.
  • You’re trying to decide if you should limit your kids’ screen time, but aren’t sure what makes the most sense.

In any of those cases, the point is that whatever time your family spends in front of video or computer games, no matter how little or how much, is full of valuable stuff. I want to show you why I think so – and give you some ideas of games we find especially cool!

I hope you’ll check it out and let me know your own family’s video-game philosophy!


My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!

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