handheld games, do you let your kids play?

Philippines
November 13, 2007 4:36am CST
my two boys are in that age where they like playing with gameboys and playstation. it's ok from time to time. however, i notice that during the past two days, they are really getting addicted to them. that is all they think about!!! after school, before school and the weekends. how do you control situations like this.
9 responses
@fyrechsr (293)
• United States
13 Nov 07
My kids have playsation 2 and they each have there own gameboy. We limit them to a half and hour a day on each. So they get 1 hour a day total. If they had there way they would be on them all day everyday. The continually saying they are board but quickly find things to do as soon as I say there are chores to be done.
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• Philippines
15 Nov 07
LOL... what is it with kids and chores? its like they are being punished when they hear that word!!! i am now setting a limit. 30 minutes a day and that is it. no arguments or debates. i will stand my ground... thanks fyrechsr. be well
@fyrechsr (293)
• United States
15 Nov 07
LOL I know exactly what you mean by that horribly naughty word. "CHORES" LOL. My kids hated the 30 minutes at first because we said 30 minutes no matter what. Meaning if you are in the middle of a quest..race..whatever I dont care...Shut it off. We have gotten to the point of saying 10 minutes before there time ends to start finding your save place or you will lose everything lol. They tried to pull everything over us...I need to save...I cant save...im in the middle of a fight. Oh well too bad for you lol.
@amitavroy (4826)
• India
13 Nov 07
well yes even when i was young i wa very much addicted to them but with time i understood my responsibility and then i mamanged my time so that i can do both. i think instead of stopping them make them mature. let them understand what will happend if they dnt do what they are suppose to do and play in stead.
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• Philippines
15 Nov 07
thanks amita. i'm glad that you are a living example that kids grow out of it! have a nice day
• United States
13 Nov 07
you just have to set limits for them. certain times they can play them and for how much time it is allowed each day. my daughter is 6 she got a gameboy when she ws 5 at first it was i gotta play i gota play now she still plays it when she is bored and there is abslouty nothing better to do. maybe once a week she will play her gameboy. OR when we are in the car i bring it for her for long car rides or if i have an appointment and she will be bored. if she got to the point were it was all she wanted to do i would definatly set a limit for her on time
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• Philippines
15 Nov 07
I think i would definitely do that now. after homework, 30 minutes and that is it... i am going to write it on our schedule. tnx beutfulmama. have a nice day.
@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
13 Nov 07
My oldest dd never really cared for handheld games, but my youngest dd did. She was addicted to her Gameboy for a while, but lost interest after a while. We don't own a Playstation or any of the other gaming toys. The only real games they play are online occasionally. Hubby isn't really into it either, so we've just never bothered.
• Philippines
15 Nov 07
thanks Bev. i hope too that with my two boys, it is just a phase. be well.
• Philippines
13 Nov 07
i think it is the same situations as my little girl do, the best remedies are they should only play on weekends. for at least 2 hrs in the afternoon. they should also work there school homeworks
• Philippines
15 Nov 07
they do their homeworks after a lot of persuading, then frustration!!! especially with the eldest!!!
@breezie (1249)
• Canada
13 Nov 07
I have two kids and they both have nintendo DS's as well as many at home game systems. They would love to play them all say long if I would let them. We limit the time they are allowed to play video games to after they are done homework, on weekends and while driving in the car. Even then their time is limited becasue they easily become so addicted to them. Both of my kids know that if they are playing the games when they are no supposed to that I will take the game away.
• Philippines
15 Nov 07
thanks breezie... i do try sometimes with taking the games away. my only problem though is that i go soft most of the time. when a couple of days have gone by, i let them again and then we go back in a full circle....
@foxygirle (377)
• Philippines
16 Nov 07
Give them schedule time to play the gameboys. Only a certain hours in a day. And No GAMEBOYS during schooldays. I've noticed alot of children playing gameboys while inside the restos,or malls. In my opinion, kids doesnt get to be socialized once they are playing this things and their mind is focus on the game rather than the people around them. Be strong on your kids. Otherwise the gameboy may control their life and they wont be talking to people but rather the console.
• United States
14 Nov 07
That is easy. Just let them play they will get bored of it once they complete the game or decided they have enough. Kids usually have short attention spans they will go from one thing to another.
• Philippines
15 Nov 07
thanks spiderlizard. but i've tried that. it didn't work. thanks anyway. have a gud day.
@taurus67 (176)
• Philippines
14 Nov 07
for me it is not advisable to give a kid a hand held games, I prepare to give my kids more on physical games or sports just like swimming,gymnastic...