My 5 year old wants to play his video games all night!

Jennifer - posted on 11/28/2011 ( 34 moms have responded )

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My 5 year old wants to play his video games all night! How do I get him interested in other things?

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Jennifer - posted on 12/11/2011

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UNPLUG IT. TAKE IT AWAY. there are options, dont act helpless YOU are the parent.

Jaime - posted on 11/28/2011

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My son is four and I had the same problem with him..He would see his father play the Playstation 3 and he got hooked on it himself.. Honestly, you have to just take the game away from him after he has played for an hour or two. He will throw a fit possibly, just like my son did, but after he cried and begged for about 5 mins he calmed down. I would take the remote and put it on top of the refrigerator if he tried to put it back on....Trust me, he will not cry all night about it and even if he does he will get over it and get used to the time limit after the first couple of times you do it. I will usually ask my son if he wants to paint or go for a walk or play Candyland. As long as I am playing with him he is okay.

Dorsi - posted on 12/13/2011

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I limit my 6 year old to video games on the weekends only. Trust me when it's limited to a specific time that works for you .. such as 1 hour a day exc..they will find something else to do after all the wines of I'm bored and such. Offer up a board game the two of you can play or help in the kitchen or help with chores and make it fun.

Prudence - posted on 12/13/2011

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im not sure if you have the games in his room or not...if you do i would strongly suggest not too....also does he have a bed time ... that will help if its lights out and bed time... he will get used to it...its bound to be hard...anything kids love they seem to really love alot... God bless and i hope you figure it out.

Pam - posted on 12/13/2011

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Yup your right Erin. Kids also don't grow socially and lack many other skills when stuck to the game machine.

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Kyleigh - posted on 12/13/2011

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yeah i would totally do what Jodi says to do, get down the puzzles and the Guess Who Gamebaords, or deck of UNO cards I play ALL NIGHT LONG with my kids !

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Children shouldn't be allowed to play video games..I think it inhibits their imaginative play and excersize. Being that he is only 5, I would simply put it away for a while and come up with other ideas for him. If he just wants to sit and sulk about it. Let him. It won't take him long before he gives up and gets into another game

Pam - posted on 12/12/2011

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wow I read all the comments and find it difficult to believe such young children control the household environment. Just curious but do any of you parents have the kids in sports for the same amount of daily time limits as computer games?

Erin - posted on 12/09/2011

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Use the video games as rewards. Set time limits. You can spend $15 on construction paper, scissors, glue sticks and will keep his mind going on being creative!. It really works!

Andrea - posted on 12/09/2011

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OH you could always JUST BLAME YOUR HUBBY AND MAKE HIM DEAL WITH IT AND SAY IT IS BECAUSE OF HIS PLAYING SO MUCH!!! LOL

Andrea - posted on 12/09/2011

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Your welcome....we have five grown kids and now with my youngest she is ROTTEN!! it is funny though...our older ones could not have a cell until age 17!! yes 17!! they were FURIOUS WHEN WE GOT MY YOUNGEST A CELL PHONE THIS PAST YEAR AT AGE 8! But within like two weeks she did even hardly touch it!! maybe if you either take the game away all together ....or just tough it out and deal with the all night thing BUT INFORCE LIKE SOME TOUGH CHORES AND REALLY TOUGH STUFF ONE DAY AFTER YOUR CHILD STAYING UP ALL NIGHT IT WILL HIT HOME? I am a VERY (OK OVERLY) VERBAL PARENT!! Sometimes just my comments with a few little consequences thrown in worked fine!! THEN SOMETIMES I THREATENED TO TAKE THEIR FURNITURE INCLUDING BEDS FROM THEIR ROOMS!! and i seriously would have - - - and OH BOY IF I WOULD HAVE HAD TO MOVE FURNITURE BECAUSE OF BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS OR LACK OF FOLLOWING RULES...Well lets just say kids would not have been very happy!! lol And pray about it too! and talk about it with your child..or also you could pick like 3 REALLY FUN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES OR PLACES TO GO AND TRY AND GET YOUR CHILD INTERESTED IN SOME OTHER THINGS AS WELL! I have a very addictive personality!! so even at age 41 I have to watch myself!! lol.....I have NO HAND EYE COORDINATION THOUGH SO NO WORRY ON GAMES!! lol mine is more like this stuff..and FB talking!! TALK TALK TALK!! LOL

Jennifer - posted on 12/09/2011

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Thank you Andrea. LOL my hubby is the same way when it comes to playing games on Playstation 3 and games on Facebook. Thank you for you suggestions.

Andrea - posted on 12/09/2011

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I wish i could help you...my daughter doesnt have a problem with this...MY HUSBAND HOWEVER PLAYS HIS GAMES ON HIS IPONE FOR HOURS AND HOURS AND UP UNTIL LIKE 2 OR 3 AM SOME NIGHTS!!! It is wild how addicted kids and husbands can get!! lol Maybe take it away for like a week all together....and then maybe when your child gets it back it will have stopped the addiction?

Jennifer - posted on 12/09/2011

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Thank you Erin its nice to know I am not the only having to deal with this.

Erin - posted on 12/09/2011

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Going through the same with my son! He wants to do this from the time he gets up until he can no longer stare at the T.V. So I had to make a rule he is allowed to play twice a day for 30 minutes each time. Got him some puzzles, construction paper and things like that to take his mind off of the games. His games are now pretty well used as a reward for doing the things around the house he's been asked to do; such as put his own clothes away, cleaning his toy room and bedroom and making his bed, seems to be working pretty good so far!

Finie Violet - posted on 12/09/2011

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i have the same problem as yours! my 2 year old daughter addicted to youtube!! cartoon and cartoon all day long...

Keri - posted on 12/08/2011

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My son is the same way. He goes to preschool all day, so it's his treat to play games when he gets home. Recently, the TV went out on us, so he's not playing now, but when it was working, we would limit game time and then he'd have to do something else, whether it was watching a DVD or playing with other toys, he had to do something else. And when he cries and protests, it's straight to bed

Jennifer - posted on 11/30/2011

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Beverly these are really great ideas I will definitely have to try this thank you very much for the advice!

Beverly - posted on 11/30/2011

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We have the same problem with our 5 year old. I set a timer (usually 20 mins) and when it beeps, he finishes whatever he's doing (usually a race) and walks away. If it goes smoothly, he might get another turn later. However, he knows "bad behavior" means he'll get limited computer and he sometimes has "no computer days" for misbehaving.

Another thing I did was write an "I can" list with him of all the things he can do or play with and put it on the fridge. When he says he's bored, I tell him to look at the list. Sometimes it works, other times he'll say "but the only thing I want to do on the list is play computer!" But it might be worth a try!

Jennifer - posted on 11/29/2011

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Christy somethings are easier said than done and I am working on cutting his video game playing down to a minimum. But I think its not a problem him to ever so often let him play video games just not too much and I absolutely am working on him and I engaging in arts and crafts more and setting up playdates. But I see no problem at all with allowing him to play video games every so often just not excessively.

Christy - posted on 11/29/2011

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Gosh I sound terrible and as if I am bashing you, but DON'T LET HIM PLAY VIDEO GAMES, PERIOD! Steer him into another hobby like sports (if he isn't already in any) or another hobby like a musical instrument.

Leba - posted on 11/29/2011

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Easy...get it off him...set boundaries...you're the parent...set the rules girl!!! Even if it means being unpopular for awhile,its for their best interest.Don't forget to restore the relationship each time,say "I love you" ,give them a cuddle....but DON'T apologise for removing the games...kids will always test their boundaries,you need to show them CLEARLY:)

Tamara - posted on 11/28/2011

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When my kids started just wanting to play video games we removed them for about a month there were in the top of our closet and we told them until they learned to live with out them they couldnt have them yes harsh but it was the only thing that would work meaning the out of sight out of mind concept. they all learned they really enjoyed other things. when we gave them back we put an hour to two hour limit a day (depending on the day weather and all of that) So its worked out well.

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You are SO NOT alone!! My hubs got my kid hooked on PS3 too. Men...

Anyway, we set a timer, when it dings, time is up. I usually reward him by sitting down with him and reading a quick book if he turns the game off without a fuss. He LOVES the one-on-one attention, which, sad to say is somewhat limited this time of year, so it works well for keeping the fuss at bay, and it's educational to boot :)

Jennifer - posted on 11/28/2011

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actually Jackie I downloaded Zoodles which is a fun eductional program for kids his age he plays it every now and again I even bought him a 60.00 VTech Reader he barely uses it but I will wean him off the video games and increase some other activities

Jaime - posted on 11/28/2011

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Is he interested in the kids games online? At least those are a better alternative...My son likes NickJr. and Disney.go

Jennifer - posted on 11/28/2011

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Thank you Tara so much for your suggestions and advice I appreciate it greatly.

Tara - posted on 11/28/2011

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I would just flat out limit the amount of time he gets to play. I would also make sure it is conditional on his behavior - if he is naughty he doesn't get to play.

Our girls get to play Reader Rabbit on the computer when we go to the Library but it is only for the amount of time we are at the Library and they know that if they kick up a fuss they don't get to play.

When we are at home they are limited to 15 min - 30 min (they are 3 1/2 and 2 years) and that will go up or down as needed - they also aren't allowed to play unless Mama or Daddy is playing with them.

The best way to get him interested in other things is just to try different things with him. We started taking "nature" walks with our girls because it helps them burn off energy and we make a game out of it to have them try and spot things like birds or flowers.

Bottom line is that you have final say in what he does and does not get to do.

Jennifer - posted on 11/28/2011

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Jamie thank you so much I thought I was alone on this. My son started getting hooked a few months ago because his dad was playing playstation 3 games with him and saw no problem with it and hubby still doesn't see a problem with ugh men lol but I do see a problem he wants to play excessively and I am going to do exactly what you suggested as its great advice

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