Jamie - posted on 04/14/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )
I have a 5 year old boy who thinks he is bored anytime he does not have a video game in front of him. It started out as a way for us to practice some of the skills he will need for kindergarten and reinforce the things we work on together such as ABC's, letters, shapes, etc. We used to sit at the kitchen table and do crafts, writing and drawing to practice the skills. He took little interest in it. So I decided to try some educational computer games with his favorite characters. He responded immediately, but now all he wants to do is play on the computer. His fascination has extended to his dad's Xbox and he is playing not so educational games such as Samurai Warrior and other fighting games.
It has gotten to the point he will do nothing but sit and whine about being bored if I don't let him on the computer. I don't think it is healthy to sit and stare at a monitor all day or battle monsters and ninjas at his age. He is learning a lot from the educational games and I spend time with him on the computer. But that is not all I want him to do. How do I get his face out of the games and get his imagination back? I feel horrible I introduced him to such a lazy habit.
I have tried unplugging the games and tv. Spending more time outside now that the weather is nice and other hands on activities. My main problem is that I work full time now and I also attend school . His little sister takes a lot of time also. I feel like I am pulled in so many directions that it is just easier to occupy him with the games so I can get something done! HELP!