Is this your child lifestyle? 😦
Many of the children now ( especially boys) are sort-of glued to computer games. They can be still and spend hours in front of the PC. Some of my students told me they will set their alarm clock to wake them up early during their school holidays to play games. I’m impressed. Hehe.
After speaking to some of my students’ parents, many of them thought that the kids are playing these computer games because everyone else is school knows about them. If they don’t, they will be like aliens living on another planet. Most of the parents are clueless on how to fight this battle with all these seemingly invincible computer games.
However, after talking to the kids themselves, I realised many of them just want to find out about the game ( and yes, of course, no one want to be a “mountain-tortoise” who knows nuts about the ïn” stuffs in town.) Come on, it’s the same with us adults right? Some of us merely hold a facebook account whereas, some of us check facebook everyday.
plants-vs-zombies. Some of the adults i know LOVE this. 🙂
Parents, do you play this game too? Hee.
Like me, a few of my female students and one male student, we find gaming boring and prefer to go out and play ( non-virtually) with friends. Hence, gaming has no hold over us. Whee!
From what i see, most of the kids who are addicted to gaming do not like sports or do not do well in sports.
The kids may or may not do well academically initially.
Most of these kids is fascinated at the ability to take on a new identity and gaming seems to be the only escape from their so-called boring life.
Parents, don’t give up hope. It is just a small stumbling block in your parenting journey. Must show to the child you are even more stubborn in loving him right? *wink*
There are many articles online on dealing with computer addiction. Go have a read. For people who does not enjoy long list of wordy guidelines like me, try to come up with your own list and share with friends. You can post your list or your experience in the comments below so that we all can learn from each other’s experiences. Tell your kid you are also sharing tricks online. Hee.
Let me proudly present my
“How to conquer the computer games addiction” manual;
· Make the real world interesting and exciting and your child will have less reasons to spend long hours in a virtual world.
· Drown their free time with Bowling, basketball, badminton, tennis, wild wild wet ( An outdoor water park in Singapore), USS (wow!), concerts, and the list go on
· Try ways to build your your child in other areas. When we are good in sports, music or studies, we will naturally enjoy them.
· Bring them to sunday school. Let God lead him back.
I brought my P5 cousin (whose mum has complained to me that she can’t get him away from the PC) to sunday school and I’m glad that computer games can’t make him want to stay at home on sunday. (he has free choice whether to attend and his attendence is almost 90%). I thank God for interesting children ministry and good sunday school teachers in many churches.
· Continue to confess the right things over your child. You never know how much power, as parents, your words have over them. Here comes the hardest part; continue to do so, even we cant see the results yet.
I have a brother whom i thought is also addicted to gaming at his age (22). He started playing computer games actively when he is 6 years old. My parents are not at home most of the time (they work 7 days in a week) and he is left with a maid at a very young age.
I think it’s quite tough for me to execute my manual on him at his age but i will have faith and keep trying!!
See the results with your heart, the manifestions will follow. 🙂