Christa - posted on 07/30/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )
I have an 7 yr old step son, he will be 8 in September. My husband and I have a daughter arriving in 5 weeks and I'm concerned about how my step son will handle the new rules for video games and movies his dad and I have talked about.
Right now at the other house holds: he spends time at he is allowed unlimited use of the tv and games and is allowed to play whatever he wants including some M rated games.
This makes both my husband and I uncomfortable but when we try to encourage age appropriate things he is bored with them. I would rather he not play at all and we are talking about setting a limit to his "screen time". But we are concerned that since he has been so desensitized already we will have trouble enforcing this.
A lot of the reason we are talking about the rule change is because he is starting to have trouble in school, and we want to have the same rules for all 3 kids ( I have a 3 yr old who is on opposite weeks with my step son), and we don't want to expose the younger two to the mature content in what he is currently allowed to watch/play. Is this a reasonable expectation? Are we right to reel back how lenient the rules are? Any suggestions?