“Mom I’m bored!”
So many moms get frustrated when their child is complaining that they are bored. But being bored is a good thing. Creativity follows solitude; your child will never learn how to be creative if he does not stop, get still and think, so don’t be upset if he says he is bored. And, don’t think that you have to solve it for him. Your job is to help him practice how to find other things outside of technology to occupy his energy and time. At first you may have to help the process along but before long he will practice finding other activities and fill his days with non-tech activities.
When breaking the video game habit, a list of potential activities will help. As you assume your new leadership role as a coach it is your your responsibility to help your child develop a love for a variety of creative outlets and activities that they can enjoy and possibly carry through their life. If you don’t provide this very important piece to eliminating video games in your home, your efforts will be much more difficult. It is easier to help move them away from gaming when you have something else to replace it with. Once they get a taste of other fun fulfilling activities, their gaming will seem boring and they may make comments like, “I can’t believe I used to spend hours in front of my video game when I could be doing ____ instead!”
There are thousands of games, activities and hobbies that will encourage social interaction and real-life play. One suggestion is to make an outing out of your quest to find new hobbies and interests for your kids. Take them to a hobby or sporting store. look for stores that offer everything but video games as an option. A whole new world will be open to them when they realize all the other fun activities that are in the real world!