When used in moderation, games and electronics aren’t bad. But used without parental supervision and in conjunction with a lack of physical activity, lazy and obese is what any gamer can become.
To prevent my kids from becoming lazy, obese and disrespectful, there are rules in our house regarding electronics and gaming. Homework is the most important after school activity. Recreational sports, practices, and games come second, and all of my kids are encouraged to TRY at least one sport each season. In my house, we are on fields seven days a week. We know that interactive sports teach valuable lessons that video games can’t like teamwork, sportsmanship, hard work and the different emotions one goes through with winning and losing. Most video games cannot offer this kind of exercise.
Video games and electronics come last; we allow them as downtime or as a reward. They are limited to two hours a day, with exceptions like Family Game Night. As a family, we might play Wipeout, The Michael Jackson Experience, Wii Fit or Wii Olympics. These games get your heart racing, even make you sweat.
We have friends with kids who are not very athletic and for other reasons don’t participate in recreational sports. They spend a lot of time together and have family game nights with old fashioned board games. We shared our electronic gaming family experiences with them and they are super happy to have been converted to gamers. They all agree that the interactive movement and dancing games were great for getting some much-needed exercise.
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