Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
This is a really tough one, especially when "all the other kids are doing it"...
I grew up with a brother that played 24/7, I did chores and rode my horse... Guess which one of us is successful, hasn't been in jail 4 times, isn't on welfare, and doesn't think the world/our parents "owes" them everything?
In my house we don't have game systems. We did get our daughter a Nook (with mostly books on it) and it does have some age appropriate games on it, like the puzzle or ones where she has to decipher clues, but the only time she gets to use it is on car rides.
There are chores to do, studying, playing outside, books to read, puzzles, art... Of course she would rather sit in front of the tv or be playing games but here that isn't an option!
If I were you I'd make him sell the majority of it and put it towards a bike or a car fund. Find him a job, do volunteer work, chores, he'd be too busy to even think about games until right before bed if he were mine. And then those games would be PG rated, I'm not sure what you let him play, but most of the popular games are sick.
Hang in there and be strong, he may think he hates it now, but when he's a fully functioning adult he'll thank you later!!
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