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Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Problem with Video Game Obsession

Since getting the Xbox 360 Kinect, Chaz has been really struggling again with his obsession.  The good thing is that he has to share it with his other siblings.  But when it's not his turn, he walks in circles till he plays again.  H's back to being reduced to tears within seconds.  He's having trouble sleeping again at night and wakesup with the light to get a chance to see his game again.

Sigh.

Watching that is hard for me.  I encourage him constantly to play with his siblings but all he can talk about is his game when he is with them.  Video games is his one obsession and to the point that he won't eat.  I know it's summer time and his schedule is out of wack.  Once school starts he'll have to be physically away from it.

Don't get me wrong, I don't keep the games on all day but he does have other siblings that want a turn if they can pry it from his tight hands.  Or I'll make everyone get out of the house.  Like walk the mall.  But then when we're there I can see Chaz's hands wringing and the only thing he can talk about is games. Sometimes we have to tell him that we need a break from talking about games and so it's hard for him to make conversation.

Stuff like this makes me sad.  It's SO hot here in the summer time so I can't tell them to all go play outside. We stay indoors when the heat gets unsafe. Gosh, when I was little I could ride my bike all over the neighborhood and even ride over to the community pool. These days I can't do that so my kids are stuck inside more often.  I love having my kids home with me but something they get so incredibly bored and games help relieve the boredom.

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2 comments:

Heather said...

Wow reading your blog about your son makes me think our boys are twins! My son is all about gaming and gets very nervous when he can't play. I have a rule that he only gets an hour at a time then must take a brake by playing something else, going outside, reading or something! Thank you for blogging about this! Find my blog over at http://TreasuredStarArtistry.blogspot.com. It is my business blog but I also talk about being the parent of a special needs child!

Accidental Expert said...

For us video games are a double edged sword. My son loves them and they can help calm him down, but he can also get totally obsessed with them and that can cause problems too.

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