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7/26/12 6:03 P

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It's pretty easy to just let them play the day away in front of a screen.

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7/26/12 3:07 P

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I know... Scary thing is, I'm getting so used to it, I sometimes even don't think about it! emoticon

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7/25/12 7:44 P

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I would laugh this time around, but definitely be the one in control of that timer!!! what a stinker!! emoticon

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7/25/12 12:53 A

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Yes, that's probably the way I need to go. Keep the timer. And laugh. :)

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7/24/12 4:45 P

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I set a timer with my boys also, although I keep the timer with me so that they cannot add time or tell me that the timer hasn't went off. I think this is normal for kids so have a good laugh this time!

“One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.”


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7/24/12 3:31 P

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I think those are very good ideas, and a few years back they worked wonders with my daughter (12 years old now). But they have absolutely no effect on my son... I've taken away his gameing privileges for days, weeks, even months. When he gets them back he behaves for a day or two and then it's back to his version of normal again.

This time, DH and I've decided to password protect his laptop so that he needs one of us to log on. That way WE can be in charge of the timer, rather than him. I just wish there could be another way of solving it.

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7/24/12 3:22 P

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My suggestion would be to either ask him what he thinks his punishment should be...or you can just subtract the time from one of the other days.

That is how I usually handle my children when they do something they know they shouldn't.

Just remember it so that you can remind him later of what he did when he was little when his child(ren) do the same thing. emoticon

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7/24/12 1:40 P

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I've put a time limit on how much my son can play computer games/playstation/Wii each day. It's 30 minutes on weekdays and 1 hour on weekends. This Sunday, he went upstairs to play some Wii-games. As a good boy he set his timer to 1 hour. Then I went for a walk. It took a few seconds shy of 35 minutes. Of course, I time it to record it on SP. :)

When I came home, I sat down by the computer to enter my fitness data. Then I talked for a while to DH before going upstairs to my still-playing-games son. You must be almost done now, I said. No, he replied, I've still got 26 minutes left. Now, you don't have to be a maths wiz to figure out that there was something wrong with that...

After some serious interrogation, it turned out that when the timer hit 30 minutes, he added another three making it 33 minutes left. And he did that five times for a total of 15 minutes extra time... What do you think? Should I have a good laugh about it or should I simply burst into tears? :)

PS. This is not - I repeat NOT - the first time he's tried to manipulate his game time in some way or another!

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