User - posted on 05/28/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )
My 14 y/o son and sometimes my 11 y/o daughter is convinced that we are unreasonable when it comes to the amount of time we allow him to spend watching television, playing on the computer or playing video games. He is quick to tell us that his friends parents don't have as many rules and we are way too strict. I am trying to get him to see that we are normal as far as parents are concerned and that we are simply trying to protect him from his own destructive behavior. When he plays games too long he gets moody, manic, irrational and agitated. He has a very difficult time trying to "shut down" the system. He also tends to have very little if any attention span once he stops and then cannot sleep at night as a result of the over-stimulation.
So - please share your comments, suggestions, concerns with my family so we can have an open discussion about this.