How do I talk to my husband about him playing video games too much?

Jenny - posted on 07/15/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I am having difficulty talking to my husband about him playing the XBox too much. Every time I try, he says, "well, what's too much?" I answer with, "well how about taking it down to an hour a day to unwind when you get home from work?" This causes much discussion about how we won't be eating dinner for a couple of hours anyway, so why can't he just play until we eat? I have been letting him do this as he does watch our 3 year old son while he plays so I can get some downtime myself as I'm a stay at home mom. In the past few months, however, my husband's video game playing is not just when he gets home from work. He continues to play after dinner until whatever show we like to watch together is on and he plays off and on all weekend. Most of the time if we do something as a family, it is my idea and I feel like I have to talk him into it. It's not that he doesn't like spending time with me and our son, it's just that he's gotten into this sort of rut. I don't know how to talk to him about it without sounding like a jerk. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, how did you handle it?

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Dana - posted on 07/15/2012

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I would write down every hour he spends on it, for a week, and then show him how much time time he spent with just you guys as a family. Maybe once he sees the difference, you can ask him, what he suggests as a compromise.
That's how I would approach it, so it's a calm manner and leaves it in his hands...when what I would really want to do, if I were you, was rip the XBox out of the socket/TV, throw it in the trash and then tell him to put his man/husband/dad pants on and step the heck up. lol But, of course that would get you nowhere...

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