Most parents lament that it is challenging to restrict their child’s time spent playing video games. A child who shows no signs of stopping his or her gaming session is a frightening sight for a parent.

According to the study, playing video games for more than three hours per day could result in a negative impact on your child’s psychological adjustment and academic performance. As a result, it is vital to limit the child’s play time to less than three hours per day, especially on school days.

When attempting to wean your child off of computer gaming, a strategy is essential. They keep playing for a variety of reasons. As a result, parents must understand this and be patient when employing this tactic. It is safer to go slowly than too quickly.

4 Ways To Wean your Child off Video Games 

Here are some ways to help your kids reduce the amount of time playing video games.

1. Arrange active indoor or outdoor activities for your children 

Introduce them to activities that are as enjoyable as video games, and look for ways to include your children’s friends to make it more appealing. Some children may enjoy martial arts, safe high-adrenaline activities, or clubs, groups, and events that provide a sense of challenge.

The most important aspect in this situation is to find an activity that matches their interests. If your child enjoys building in Minecraft, parents should allow their children to play with LEGO, as building an actual structure will spark an interest in your child. The idea is to get creative and help them emulate their favourite video game feature with something more realistic that will motivate them to get off the couch.

2.Help your child set and reach a long-term goal

Your child may have an unattainable passion or goal. If you can find something your child is interested in, you might be able to help them realise their dreams. Most children do not consider long-term projects, but you can show them how good time management and money management can result in significant benefits.

Your child may want to take on a significant project such as custom building a PC, restoring an old automobile (and learning a lot in the process), building a doghouse, building a guitar, planting a garden, sewing a dress or engaging in another challenging hobby such as skateboarding. Of course, as a parent, you must participate to help fund and supervise the project’s completion. A long-term project with your child is rewarding for both of you!

  1. Acknowledge your child’s efforts in offline pursuits

One of the most appealing aspects of video games is that anyone can play them and get instant gratification. Other skills, such as music, take time, effort, and self-discipline to become truly enjoyable. You can encourage your children to find fulfilment in offline activities by acknowledging and rewarding their efforts and accomplishments along the way. 

According to Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, children who had their intelligence praised were significantly more likely to decline the opportunity to do a difficult new task from which they could learn. They didn’t want to do anything that would draw attention to their flaws or cast doubt on their abilities. However, 90% of the children who received praise for their efforts and hard work were eager to participate in the new, challenging activity.

  1. Have family time together

Playing video games is frequently a solitary pursuit. Spending quality time with children would help them spend less time playing video games. Not only that, it allows for valuable communication and eventually helps lift children out of the isolated bubble of their game consoles. As parents, ask your children if they want to do a fun activity with you for a short period of time. Begin small. Playing in the garden for 10 minutes is completely acceptable.

Here are more family activities ideas to help you get started:

  • Have family meal together 
  • Family bike rides
  • Family movie night
  • Neighbourhood walks
  • Read a book together
  • Bake cookies together