“Mom I’m bored!”
So many moms get frustrated when their child is complaining that they are bored. But mom, being bored is OK in fact it is a very 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 teach him how to re motivate and teach him 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 get the drill and fill his days with exciting stuff.
Don’t micro manage. Just make some suggestions until a few stick.
When breaking the video game habit, you can have a good list of potential FUN activities available for your children to choose from. As parents, it is our joy and our responsibility to help our kids 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 much easier to help move them away from the gaming issue when you have something else to replace it with or at least get them going. 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 (not virtual) relationships and stimulating play. One great suggestion is to make an outing out of your quest to find new hobbies and interests for your kids. Take them to an old fashion toy or hobby store! I am not taking about the big chain Target and Walmart (which are filled with video game temptations!) but rather the specialty stores that offer everything but video games as an option. We have educational toy stores that my kids love. Of course a quick search on the net for fun educational toys will work too. A whole new world will be open to them when they realize all the other fun activities that are in the Real World!