Video game obsession

Lynnise Kathleen - posted on 07/14/2015 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My seven year old son has been playing video games since he was two. It is really bothering me because he is behind in school, speech, math and everything else. I thought over the summer I would tutor him and get him all caught up but he is so hard to manage and rude/disrespectful. He ignores me, throws tantrums, talks like a baby. I even try bribing him and he still won't let me help him. What can I do?

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Lynnise Kathleen - posted on 07/20/2015

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We do do other activities it was just at that time when I was busy with my youngest that he really got into video games. Since I posted this he has only been rewarded time on the xbox after we spend some quality time together as a family and his chores are done. Even then, I have limited his time on the xbox. Thank you for your advice though.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/20/2015

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Well, this is a direct result of using a viedo game system as a baysitter. Take it away, teach your kid to like OTHER activities

Lynnise Kathleen - posted on 07/14/2015

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Thank you Jodi, you are absolutely right. You make perfect sense, I really do need to stop giving in. Already he is throwing tantrums, but I'm not giving in! Thank you (:

Jodi - posted on 07/14/2015

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Be strong about it!! It will be difficult at first, because he has been conditioned to know you will give in (which you do - see how those tantrums are working for him?). It won't be easy because he will pull out every trick in the book. You need to stand your ground and ONLY allow the reward when he demonstrates positive behaviour. At the moment, he is rewarded for negative behaviour, which is why you are having so much trouble.

Jodi - posted on 07/14/2015

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So why does he still have them if he is being rude, disrespectful and throwing tantrums? Honestly, do you seriously expect him to regulate himself? Remove them entirely until he can start to show some respect on a consistent basis and do NOT give them back. When you do allow him to have them (for good behaviour and focusing on his work) regulate the amount of time he may have them. Use an hour of video game or tv time as a reward rather than as a babysitter.

Lynnise Kathleen - posted on 07/14/2015

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Yes he has, it's my fault. I just had my third son so video games were easy to turn to, to keep him occupied. Now my youngest four months old and sleeps pretty well, so I have been trying for a month to help my seven year old. I take away his games, and he acts like oh well I don't care. It's frustrating.

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