My son wants to play video games more than he should
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Tara - posted on 01/15/2012
My girls (3 1/2 and 2) get 15-30 supervised minutes for any games they play on our consoles (we have a ps2, original xbox and xbox 360, among others). If we are at the library they get to play Reader Rabbit preschool games on the library computer for the 15 minutes or so it takes me to get books while their dad watches them on the computers.
When they are older the 15-30 minutes will be the same, still enforced and supervised. Once they hit 10 or 11 then I might bump it to 30-45 minutes but only once homework and chores are done. That approach worked well for my mom with us when I was a kid and I never felt deprived of game time.
When they hit their teens I might bump it up again if it can be worked into the girls schedules, but again, schoolwork and chores will come first.
My thought has always been that if they want to spend a couple of hours gaming at a time they can do it after they move out on their own. If I limit the game time and supervise while they are younger then they will understand that some things are more important and come before games (like schoolwork, chores, and, as they get older and out on their own, work, responsibilities...)
We are going to get a Kinect for the xbox 360 and when we do then the "game time" will probably be extended a bit because I will work some of the Kinect games into their daily physical activity if it is nasty outside and we can't go outside to play. The added bonus with that will be that I get some extra physical activity time for me as I play with them :)
Taylor - posted on 01/15/2012
Thanks so much Tara and Stephanie. Tara, I like the supervised game time that you enforced. I will try it. Stephanie, yes it is because my son cries and gets really upset about it. It makes him want to rush everything else to get back to the game.
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