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My kids fight over the Xbox game console all day long. I've taken it away, put them on restrictions, tried talking to them, but nothing works. I really want to do bad things to that Xbox. Should I?

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Gold Post Medal for All Time! 677 Posts
January 15, 20190 found this helpful

A kitchen timer works well. When it rings, its time for the other person to use it.

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January 15, 20190 found this helpful

Do you have one controller to be shared among your kids?

Gaming should be a fun privilege. After homework completion, chores, deserving attitude you could limit each to play for a certain time and take turns.

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Or have your kids talk among themselves to come up with a resolution and if they cannot youll sell or give the Xbox away.

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January 23, 20190 found this helpful

I personally believe you should do bad things to that xbox. Set it on fire and have them watch. They have overextended their personal privilege and been nothing but ungrateful. They have learned nothing save how to be spoiled, selfish, idle laggards and it is all because of that blasted machine.

I say you give them an ultimatum "next time I hear you fighting you will live to regret it" and of course the brats will fight again, then you grab the xbox, burn it in the yard, and say "this is the last time.

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You no longer deserve this. The 21st century idea of child rearing is garbage and this is proof. Now you must do chores. Earn your keep. Instead of xbox you must go repaint the house, pull up stumps, plant veg, wash laundry by hand, go kill a chicken for dinner, etc."

and mote it be!

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January 24, 20190 found this helpful

My brother suggested boxing up the offending video game or device and sending it to another family member. For us, that was a 3 hour drive, so there was no getting it back easily without a change in behavior.

I really think that video games and screens are addictive, including for adults. I can't tell you how many times I have put away my phone purposefully only to find myself reaching for it again. And everywhere I go, I see people staring at their little screen instead of interacting with their friend and family.

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So be patient while they go through "withdrawal". It doesn't take very long until they get bored and curious and are back to normal.

There are a lot of pluses to having all this entertainment and information at the touch of our fingers but we all need to learn how to moderate it. Kids learning limits today will make them better able to avoid other temptations tomorrow.

Good luck, I've certainly been there!

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