I have to admit my 14-year-old son LOVES his online video gaming and spending time on the computer. He is literally on it for hours and hours! My biggest challenge with him is his screen time and trying to get him OUT OF HIS ROOM! I make deals with him in which he has to do the following:
- Read at least one chapter in his summer reading book a day
- Ride his bike/Go outside
- Visit his Nanny (great-grandmother)
- Spend time with his family
- Do his daily summer online virtual school homework for high school Spanish
- Do an activity with friends
If he doesn’t do any of the above, his computer time gets reduced.
Let’s just say it’s a work in progress. He is only doing TWO of the items above so far so I have been reducing his computer. I do have to get on him to make sure meets the other items on the list. It’s not easy. To get his attention to do anything but play on the computer is a bit of a struggle. Every day I make it a point to enter his room, talk to him and ask him how his day was spent. I also give him a hug and make sure he read and went outside.
I know it’s the summer and kids should do what they want, but I also believe teenage boys need to get out of their rooms!
This is a HUGE challenge for me so I am very open to any suggestions you may have.
I have to say he has gone with his dad to the movies, he is spending the weekend at his grandmother’s and I am taking him to visit my cousin who will take him fishing. We are trying but it’s not easy to engage a teenage boy!
Look forward to hearing your ideas and advice.