Does it seem like your son is obsessed with playing video games? Are they constantly preoccupied with games? Are your son’s grades dropping and can’t keep up with their school work due to games? Have they been adamant about increasing their time gaming and irate when you take them away? Have they lost interest in things they used to enjoy and only want to play video games?
Have you seen games have a negative impact on your son’s social and emotional health? Have they tried to cut back the amount of time gaming but could not? Do they game to try and escape a bad feeling or experience? Are video games taking over your son’s life?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, then playing video games could be a problem for your son. Rather than adding value to their life, gaming has taken away from it.
They would rather stay home and play games than go out with friends. He becomes almost hostile when you threaten to take away his video games. He lost interest in basketball or any other activity that is not gaming. And his grades are horrible! It’s like he doesn’t even care about doing his assignments anymore. He has so much potential, but he is too focused on video games to reach it. It’s like his entire world revolves around video games.
How do you respond? You tried to implement consequences, but he becomes so angry you have become exhausted arguing with him. When you do implement consequences, it seems he always finds a way around it and gets his devices back. Rather than following up and taking his devices away again, you let it go because you figure, what’s the use?
You tried countless times to reinforce rules and boundaries with screen time, but it is a losing battle. You are very concerned about how screens are affecting them, but you are out of ideas. Nothing seems to make a difference. Until now.
Jeremy at Escapingthe.com specializes in working with clients like your son. He knows where your son is coming from and the desire to play games all the time because he was addicted to games. Jeremy knows what you have been through and how hard you have worked to raise a great young man. Jeremy understands what Internet addictions can do to the brain and how easy it is for them to take over one’s life.
If your son or daughter is struggling problematic gaming, or any other screen-related problem, call Jeremy. They will gain insights on the issues they are experiencing and how to overcome them. They will learn practical ways to stop problematic gaming or screen use. They will find ways to improve their grades and perform better in school. They will strengthen relationships with family and friends. They will find ways to enjoy life and be fully present rather than only finding satisfaction from screens.
If you have questions or are unsure if counseling is the best fit for you and your child, call for a free 15-minute consultation. Jeremy is here to help.
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