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Old 12-28-2012, 07:32 AM   #11
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We are a gaming house. My DH games and I like the computer. DS1 plays on the weekends with friends and during vacations. He will go on facebook everyday after his homework and sports. He is 15 so we really do not need to limit him, just monitor where he goes.

DS2 is my obsessive gamer. He would live on the Kindle, X box, or Leapster if we allowed it. He is allowed to be on the Leapster as much as he wants as we have educational games for it. THe Kindle and PSP are monitored and allowed at certain times. He has PDD NOS so he is very fixated on the games and does not like to do much else. He will bug till he gets them. He is 4.

DS3 is 3 and will play the Leapster on occassion but rather play with toys or be on me. He has defiancy issues so spends most of the day arguing with someone about nothing. He will do games if someone plays them for him and he can watch.

We do not make a big deal out of gaming. I think it can be a healthy past time and very educational if you make it that way.

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Old 12-28-2012, 07:42 AM   #12
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We don't restrict electronics. They'll go weeks without playing their ds and then for a few days play it a ton (usually snow days or rainy days where they're stuck inside whether they like it or not). They regulate themselves pretty good overall. The most I'll do is if they've spent too much time in one sitting on their ds or my ipad I tell them enough for now and to go play with actual toys - and they do that without a bit of complaint. I think they'd play more with their electronics if I put restrictions on them. Now dd1 does have restrictions like she needs to quick do her homework after her after school snack before playing my ipad or ds. She can't play it in the morning unless she's 100% ready for school and there is still time left in the morning (very very rare).
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:11 AM   #13
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We are a gaming house. My DH games and I like the computer. DS1 plays on the weekends with friends and during vacations. He will go on facebook everyday after his homework and sports. He is 15 so we really do not need to limit him, just monitor where he goes.

DS2 is my obsessive gamer. He would live on the Kindle, X box, or Leapster if we allowed it. He is allowed to be on the Leapster as much as he wants as we have educational games for it. THe Kindle and PSP are monitored and allowed at certain times. He has PDD NOS so he is very fixated on the games and does not like to do much else. He will bug till he gets them. He is 4.

DS3 is 3 and will play the Leapster on occassion but rather play with toys or be on me. He has defiancy issues so spends most of the day arguing with someone about nothing. He will do games if someone plays them for him and he can watch.

We do not make a big deal out of gaming. I think it can be a healthy past time and very educational if you make it that way.
Same here.

Leapster and leappad are allowed with no limits. It is educational so we don't limit it. We have several systems for the tv, a gaming computer, and J just got a ds xl for Christmas. The tv consoles/computer are limited to two hours a day after schoolwork is completed. The ds xl is new so he has free reign and probably will as long as he does all of his schoolwork with no issues. He is pretty good at taking breaks from it and playing with his other toys too.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:47 AM   #14
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No limit. They go weeks sometimes and not touch it
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:12 PM   #15
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Some kids do well with free-play and as the novelty wears off they just aren't playing it tons. One family I nanny'd for was looking forward to an Xbox for Christmas for months and months. It finally came and after the first few weeks they only used it a couple of times a week.

Another family I nanny'd for had boys age 5 & 7. They were always begging to use their gadgets and were basically obsessed. They were allowed one hour a day of screen time. That's a total for TV, computer, video games, iphones, handheld devices etc... It was nice that they knew the rules and had to find other things to do to entertain themselves. But man it was a pain to regulate it! They were talking about the games and shows when they were playing with them. It was nice for a while because they would play with friends, but as they got older all the friends wanted to do was play video games too.

My own LO is still a baby, but I'll probably see how much interest she has in those sorts of things. I'm hoping that she isn't going to be obsessed with them and can self-regulate. Otherwise I'd probably go with a 30 or 60 minute limit a day after everything is taken care of after school.
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