With the school year coming to an end, I decided it was a good time to discuss summer time activities with my 12-year-old son. Basically, I just wanted to let him know that he would not be allowed to spend every waking hour on the Xbox. He would have a 2-hour per day limit for video games and that was it. After a solid 15 minutes of debating and “what ifs” I finally said enough and that his time limit would be cut in half every time he brought it up.
Later that night, I found a 7 page report on my desk that outlined the psychological effects of video game usage. To his credit, he did include a list of cons, albeit a short list. The negatives only took up 3/4 of one page while the benefits filled up the rest.
No, the report did not earn him more video game time. But he did get extra mommy points, which are always good to have, especially during summer break.