im having problems with my son because he is addicted playing video games

Mary Elizabeth - posted on 06/27/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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im having problems with my son because he is addicted playing video games

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Jennifer - posted on 07/06/2010

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With my boys, I keep control of their video game consoles. I treat video games as a reward instead of a right. I have a calendar with their chores (most are common sense and usually one actual"chore" per day) and they get points or get points taken away. I call them XBOX points but they can use them for computer games or whatever. If they get in trouble, I take points away. If they do something really good or do an extra little chore, extra points. But to even turn it on they have to get to a certain amount, for me it's 40 pts because 20 points = 1/2 hour of game time and they always want to play longer. 40 sounds like a lot but they get points to make sure they keep their rooms clean, brush teeth twice a day, their shower, etc. those things i just listed since my kids are 10 and 13, they only get one point for since it's common sense and if they DON'T do it, it's -5. if they Vacuum i give +5. extra projects usually have extra points, sometimes up to 10.
I don't know how old your son is, but take control of the games and turn him to doing other things. We also have to read. Game night (no video games), and keep them in other activities.
Again, depending on the age, you can maybe have him research "video game addiction" and write a paper for you on the subject. This arms him with knowledge of what it is and how it is harmful.
Just some ideas I had. Again, don't know how old your son is so it may not work but thought I'd give it a shot!

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