As a parent I know that a big issue these days is Video Games. Our kids are obsessed with video games, and in my home its a constant battle we have. In my kids’ mind playing video games is the most important thing in the world.
It seems like all my kid wants to do is play video games. Today I learned that this is not true though. What he wants the most is what he says he doesn’t. He says he wants to play video games, and says he would prefer to do that more than anything else. Yet, it’s interesting because when I tell him he needs to stop playing he complains; Yet when I spend some time with him he loves it.
One of the things that as parents we want our children to do well in school. We also want our kids to be involved in family life. The key to changing the battle between video games and school/family time is spending time with our kids.
Today I spent some time with my son playing two square (four square but with two people). While we played he laughed and had a blast with me. Afterwards guess what happened while I was cleaning? He asked if he could help! Wow! I didn’t even ask, he asked. And guess what else? When I let him know what he could do, he did with a smile.
In my work the smartest parents all say one thing: If there is something that really helps us as parents It’s Spending Time with Our Children.
In my next blog I will talk about parenting techniques that have been scientifically proven to help kids do better in school, with friends, and at home.