my 11 year old only wants to play on the computer or dsi and does not want to do anything else

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Take them away. Our children are allowed to play games for a couple hours on Friday night and that is it.

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Janet - posted on 01/19/2010

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I agree with Joyce, as my son is classified and works very hard at school and really needs to unwind when he gets home. But it does make it hard to re- direct him. He is mostly on a computer game that he plays with a friend so it satisfies the social aspect of his needs, too. It is very addictive though but seems to be today's entertainment even with friends!

Joyce - posted on 01/19/2010

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I have a time limit for my son on hour a day on school days and on weekends we adjust his time to fit his behavior during the week. I give my son his hour as soon as he gets home from school because i believe after all day in school he needs some down time. after that if he fights me on homework or chores he loses the privilege for the next day.

Christine - posted on 01/19/2010

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all we can do is hold our breath for the next new craze...and then we will go though it all again...lol...boys will be boys...I dont no what is worse getting my son of the PS or my husband..do they ever grow up...lol...goodluck
Regards Christine

Irene - posted on 01/19/2010

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i guess its nice to know we all go throught this, an yes i did exactly the same thing i limited the time my son can spend on his ds an ps2 i also take them away if he is really badly behaved- although with the ps2 itake the cords lol
it works thats why we all ended up doing it

Christine - posted on 01/18/2010

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my son went though the same stage, he is 10, at first i allowed it as his siblings are all over 23 and are no longer at home, but then there was never any home work or chores done, so instead of yelling..which gets me no where, I did a chart on the fridge of what has to be done and then and only then he can have his little pleasures...and so far 2mths down the track all is smooth on the home front....good luck regards Christine

Wendy - posted on 01/18/2010

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We had the same trouble. Our rules are that homework comes first and must be done before anything else. Next comes chores. We then limit the computer/game time. If the rules are broken, the games are take away (minimum time is one week).

Annmarie - posted on 01/17/2010

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Take those things away until chores homework is complete. I went through this myself and taking electronics away is the only thing that worked.

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Limiting their time has worked for me in the past...I allow 30 minutes of total electronics..his choice, only after homework and chores are done.

Sylvia - posted on 01/17/2010

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Sounds just like mine LOL! I hold that DSI to get him to do things. He can't have it until his chores are done and I have looked at his homework!

Beth - posted on 01/17/2010

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I have one of those !!!! I've made TV ,dsi and playstation etc a privelege which has to be earnt,so far worked a treat ,homework and everything else done with no whinging its bliss x

Tally - posted on 01/16/2010

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Electronic games are soooooooo addictive!
I have a list of chores, a reading time requirement and other activities that have to be done first before electronic privileges are earned. You can have a 'meeting' with your son, tell him your concern and what you have decided is best.... and This is how we are doing it from now on. And stick with it.

Many Blessings
Proud mom of 5 awesome kids
Alexa, Lisa, Jon, Andrew and Abby : )

Tally
Working from home since June 08’

Kathy - posted on 01/16/2010

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Boy so true.. we use to have ever one read a little each day ,now its ..NO I DONT HAVE HOMEWORK.. and grab a compurer or video game.. so now we dont allow video games or computers on school days unless they are doing homework.. and even then they are monitored..

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