Video Games - No Longer in this House!

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NO MORE VIDEO GAMES!Yesterday was the last straw...got an email from our son's teacher that he had purposely tripped someone going down the hallway...luckily, they didn't fall or anything, but it was the last straw for me.  And I know it's the video game playing...it's like kids nowadays are OBSESSED with video games...they become reality...from grades slumping, lying, cheating, bad behavior, arguing (any of this sound familiar in your house?), no more.

We "had" Playstation and Wii, along with our son's hand held 3DS.  He got to keep the 3DS, however, all the other video game platforms, games, and accessories are now gone.

I no longer allow anything other than 3DS in this house, and you know what our son's doing right now?  Sitting next to me quietly READING A BOOK!!!

I know I did the right thing.  Even when friends come over and the kids play video games, I can tell a difference in their attitude just in the time they're here!  I asked one friend of our son's to do something for me, and he said "HOLD ON!" And with that answer, I shut down the video game and said, "That doesn't fly in this house." I honestly thought he'd never come over again, but apparently he needed that and has more respect for me and does what I ask the FIRST TIME now!

Try it if you're at your wit's end...you'll notice a HUGE IMPROVEMENT in behavior, attitude, less arguing, and certainly better grades!

He's been grounded from video games before for about a week at a time and I see a difference just in that week...I can only imagine how nice it's going to be from here on out...

He's not allowed to play any games on his 3DS until school is out, and then he is allowed 1 hour per day over the summer and that's it.

No regrets here!

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Rainmaker
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Phil Leng
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Hi Nancy,

My older daughter has a "screen time" rule.

One hour a day of screen time after the chart is finished.

Screen time is - computer, tv, video games, etc. Any and all combined is one hour. Period.

Phil

April 22, 2012 05:34 AM
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Bob Crane
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Great post Nancy, thanks for sharing.  My first lesson in watching which toys my children played with was nearly 20 years ago when my 5 year old daughter complained that her 3 year old brother was practicing his karate kicks on her.  That day All of the teen age mutant ninja turtle toys went into a garbage bag (and all relatives were instructed not to give any more of these), I then went out and spent my last $30 on a purple talking dinosaur named barney, the difference in behavior was immediate and permanent.

As far as video games they were never allowed, just an old apple with as stack of educational games, followed by a pc a few years later with more educational software and useful programs.

Being strict, yet generous where it counts pays off and all the kids are in college now and prospering.

April 22, 2012 07:45 AM
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Karen Burns

I enjoyed your post Nancy. I believe everything should be done in moderation. Video games can be so addictive. It's good to set bounderies on such things while you have parental control. Then the child will learn to do other things such as reading, exercising, building or inventing things. Hopefully the practice of moderation will carry over to teen years and above so they can be successful at focusing in college and/or at their job. 

April 22, 2012 12:26 PM
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Barb Szabo, CRS
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio

I'm sure you could guess that I would agree. Way to go and stay strong!

April 23, 2012 04:40 AM
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Sharon Alters
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Nancy, we limited the types of games and the time spent in our house. It was a constant battle. The games have just become more and more violent and graphic. Kudos to you!!! Your sons will thank you one day.

Sharon

May 05, 2012 07:49 AM
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