Overuse (even “addiction”) to video games are a frequent topic of problem-solving in our offices here at the Think:Kids clinic. Check out this provocative piece from the NY Times.
Maybe with at least one game, Minecraft, we shouldn’t be too worried about our kids spending lots of time playing. Some encouraging news about kids practicing and perhaps even developing planning, organization and other problem solving skills through Minecraft.
Of course, with some of our more obsessive kids, there can be such a thing as way too much of a good thing that can get in the way of other things like homework, other interactive play, family time, exercise etc. Simple limit setting isn’t so easy with these kids, and Plan B can be a lot more successful than Plan A when trying to set limits.
If you read the article, you will likely recognize one of our more literal thinking kids in the last couple sentences.