7 Ways to Distract the Digital Game Obsessed Kid
|One summer my daughter took up cake decorating|
1. Go camping - we usually camp in areas that don't have phone service
2. Have them earn their computer time
3. Talk to them regularly about addiction to digital games and how the industry is set up.
4. Join a team sport, so your kids can interact with other kids
5. Set goals that does not include electronics and rewards associated with them
6. Don't just tell the kids to have a hobby, join them. My kids and I love doing scrapbooking together. Other hobbies that are great to do together is cooking, origami, whittling/carving, camping, gardening, film, radio controlled air planes. Keep a journal about what you learn.
|Not a team sport but the martial arts inspire focus|
As you can see, most of these activities include interacting with you or another. It's my guess, that a child obsessing about video games is internally obsessing about it. As a parent, I would let the child talk about the game but try to steer the conversation and their thought to the task at hand. The trick is to do it without them realizing it. I probably would say, "Oh that's interesting <regarding the game>. Hey, do you know what ingredient we have to put in next? I totally lost track of what we were doing. You're younger and your brain can probably remember better than I." or "Oh shoot, I lost focus, what are we doing?" It typically puts the blame on me and they are there to save me. I know shameless but it works on my kids. I hope they don't read this and I hope it helps you with yours.
What are your ideas for steering kids away from electronics?