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So - if you have kids and a video game system like a Wii, what are your house rules?

Date: 2011-05-08 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dhanwanti.livejournal.com
In our house (note this is different from their father's house..where they have a number of game systems and area able to play whenever they want(which frustrates me to no end but I am not there so I am not able to change it))... In our house they have to earn Wii time.. by doing extra stuff around the house that we don't actually ask them to do and if they go into time out, they will lose some if not all of their accrued wii time...

Date: 2011-05-17 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brokk.livejournal.com
Same as for the TV. Don't even think about touching it without asking first.

My son goes on kicks. He can play for hours and days with the same game, or not even think about turning it on for months. His inconsistency in desire prevents a consistent rule. It comes down to a spur of the moment decision, based on what he's done, how he's acting, if he has better things to do with his time, etc.

The biggest parental benefit to a game system is as a means of motivation/punishment. Don't overuse it, but it's a another trick in the bag.

Mostly it's a useful way to channel his energy in the winter when it's too cold to burn it off outside.

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