How many hours?
Mom Mistake #4: Not having an accurate account of how many hours are really being spent in front of the game.
Time flies in the world of gaming. It is very difficult to grasp how many hours your child is actually gaming. You are busy with your life and all the distractions that come with a busy household. Keeping track of your child’s screen time is almost always underestimated. Many times you are on the computer as well and you really have no idea how much time your child is spending in the other room or in the basement with his game. One way to get a feel for the daily time is to put a chart up for him and for you. Have him chart how many hours he is spending while you chart how many hours he is spending and see if they match up. This is one of the reasons why we are game free at our home. I have four kids and only one kitchen timer! It is very difficult for me to do my job of managing the time and we all know that it is even more impossible for them to manage it for themselves. So, do a test this week and get an accurate count of the hours that are being spent in front of a screen, computer, phone, TV etc. Twenty min of game time a day for kids over 13 is the recommendation. You can also get an adequate feel for things by the ‘game coma’ look on their faces….if they have it, you know it is time to pull the plug!