What If They Play Video Games All Day?


Eventually, they will get bored and move on to something else!

As someone who never monitored nor put limits on gaming time, I often worried about the hours spent on video and computer gaming. Will my kids ever try anything else? Well, 4 out of 5 kids did.

It finally happened to my last child. It already happened to my other kids and I was waiting for it. 3 of my kids are now in their “career” jobs, are financially independent, and loving what they do. The turning point for them was around age 17 when they became more interested in what they “wanted to do for the rest of their lives…” My youngest child is 16 and on the cusp of 17 and spent the last 3 days moping around the house. I thought something was wrong. He told me that he didn’t want to play non-stop, all day, computer games anymore and wanted to get a job. I don’t know if it is a matter of his peers getting jobs that is rubbing off on him, or it is that great final leap of executive function that happens around age 17 or if it is New Years Resolution time, but it happened. So, we are brushing up his resume. It is all about trusting our kids developmental schedule. We need to let go of our agenda and trust theirs. Kids know what they need when they need it, better than anyone. Change can happen at 6, 14, 17, 26, or 72. Wait for it!  #Unschooling

About Judy Arnall, BA, DTM, CCFE

BA, DTM, CCFE, Certified child development specialist and master of non-punitive parenting and education practices. Keynote speaker and best-selling author of "Discipline Without Distress", "Parenting With Patience", "Attachment Parenting Tips Raising Toddlers to Teens", and "Unschooling To University."
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2 Responses to What If They Play Video Games All Day?

  1. olivaseth23 says:

    Although playing game is good and beneficial for mental health but playing whole day is not good at all. It will harm the mental health and ruined the thinking capability. Everyone that is fond of video games must be punctual in time and fun.


  2. Jeff Kugler says:

    Good advice? Just wait? I understand if doing fine before college, but wait to 26 or 72? Are you joking?


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