12 year olds

Trisha - posted on 10/02/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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he never likes to go outside and play and all ways stays in.should i be concerned or happy that hes not finding trouble? my 21 year old was always in to trouble threw his whole teenage years.

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Lisa - posted on 10/07/2009

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I'd just like to suggest if you're worried about your son getting in to trouble what about finding him a group or sport to play. My son loves just getting out in the backyard, but our area is a bit dodgy so he's not allowed to leave the yard. This year he started karate so I take him there once a week for the hour. Now the weather is getting warmer we'll start going to the park more too (we're in Australia)

Laura - posted on 10/03/2009

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I agree with Robin, get him out. Maybe the two of you should sit down together and find something he's interested outside the house.
My youngest (9) is also one who would stay int he house and play video games all day, but I have had to set limits and as a result he now can't wait to get outside! He even asked to join football and he loves it.
Be persistent and it will pay off.

Robin - posted on 10/02/2009

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this is from a mom and dad that made a HUGE mistake. When my son was 12 (he's 16 now) that's all he wanted to do..WE let him do it... 4 years later, that's all he wants to do. Make him go outside and find something else to do. Needless to say, he has few friends has is very "un" healthy.

Jennifer - posted on 10/02/2009

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My 14 year old went through a phase of playing xbox to excess, and I mandated an hour of physical activity per day. He has learned to balance it on his own now, but I feel that too much time in doors is just as unhealthy as getting into trouble. Encourage him to ride his bike, play football or basketball with neighborhood kids, or engage in some other outdoor activity.

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