My teen is constantly on his xbox: Advice?

My teen is constantly on his xbox. Literally all day. He is 13 years old. I try to limit the amount of time he is on it to an hour a day but there is literally nothing else to do because our state is mostly shut down. He has all A’s in school and does all of his chores without being asked. Should I just let him do what he wants?

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Congrats to him maintaining A’s during this time. If you want to limit his time give him tnings to do by himself such as crafts or help him find a hobby. You also have to be available to him as well. I try to go out for a walk, bike ride, play basketball and just joke around with my children. Good luck!

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I would it’s his way of destressing. My 11 yr old stays on his Xbox or his gaming PC. That’s where all his friends are… I hear him laughing and talking to all his friends all day after school or on the weekends. It’s socializing without socializing. When he starts getting worked up by a game then I stop him make him go for a walk or just hang out with us. :woman_shrugging:t5: in a world where we can’t hang out with friends right now it’s a way for them to stay connected.

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He is probably bored. Not a whole lot else to do during a pandemic. Just make sure the screen time doesn’t mess with his sleep, eyes, or posture :blush:

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Yes he’s fine
Sounds bored & intelligent (As are a great thing, he earned it)

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He sounds like a great kid. Leave him be…but always be watchful

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I would still limit it . I didn’t and should have . My son played sports all the time and had homework and also played with neighbors . But , when home , he played games . They overstimulate the brain , can be violent and cause anger issues . Rages etc . I shouldn’t have let him okay those games for more than 30
Minutes a day .

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He could be doing something much worse…im so happy my 14 yo rather play his game than run the streets …let him be

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Yes, except he must read an hour a day :blush:

If he has straight A’s let that child the heck alone! What else do you want him to be doing?

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If it’s not affecting your son then let him play. Probably why he is so well adjusted

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I think it’s still important to get him to switch up his routine. Maybe go to a park, go for a walk, watch movies together. My kids are well behaved too but I try to do different activities to hopefully aide brain development. Lmao that’s just what I think though. They play with toys, we sit and talk, go for walks and sometimes just walk around at the grocery stores :laughing:.

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Hey he is passing in school so there is no harm in video games. It’s probably the only social time he gets with people outside of the house. He seems like a good kid with his priorities straight so I wouldn’t worry about it. He is just coping as best as he knows how

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Maybe increase his time until things open up again? Possibly in one hour sessions? 2 or more time a day. He sounds like a great kid and would understand his time going back when life is more normal.

As a teen who grew up doing the same thing:
Theres something hes escaping from. Whether it be life in general or issues with dad, usually gaming constantly is a form of escapism as well as a hobby.

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It’s tough right now because of covid. I have just let that go for the time being

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I am always on my ps5 and I’m 33 :sweat_smile::sweat_smile: we are a gaming family so it’s one of Those things but my 13 and 15 year old also know they need to do other things usually we not get on til the sun goes down especially in the summer.

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Do you have a yard? Send him outside

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same with my 16 year old son…he’s on his phone and ipod all day but he’s in the high honor roll in school…so i’m not sure if i should limit time on his gadgets

Shoot honestly yes. My son is almost they exact same way. He’s a great kid and very smart. Sometimes it irritates me but you know what. I don’t play video games but I watch tv. Life is just kinda crappy right now and if it makes him feel occupied during this mess what’s really wrong with it. :weary:

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