We have a Wii and Michael also got a Nintendo DS for Christmas. Of course on weekdays when he's at school there's no problem. He will come home and play his DS while I get dinner ready, which makes things a bit less crazy for me! Hate to say it but it's helped him to sit still for a while!!!
The Wii is usually played with me or his older sister, and we just sort of do it for about an hour or so. There are a few games he does on his own but he gets easily frustrated.
So, I would say he gets somewhere between 1-2hrs a day of computer/gaming play.
1/23/11 8:56 A
I believe the guidelines are no more then 2 hours of screen time a day whether wii, tv, computer etc. We aim for no more then 1.5 hours....I try less but sometimes we will watch a movie that is longer.
1/22/11 1:59 P
We don't have a Wii, but I generally try to keep my LOs to an hour of screen time a day. Tha includes watching their programs/dvds (on the computer since we got rid of the TV) or playing educational games.
It's not quite the same as the Wii though, since it doesn't have the physical exercise aspect. Maybe you could discuss it with Connor and agree something in advance, then set a timer.
I also find I get a lot less resistance to making Isaac quit doing something if I let him know "when you've finished this bit (watching this episode, playing this round, whatever is appropriate) it's time to switch off".
1/21/11 9:19 P
Curious as to what people consider an `appropriate` amount of time for Wii ... we just got it for Christmas and use primarily the Resort Sports and Wii Fit, and it seems hard to tell Connor to shut it down when he`s red in the face and sweating. On the other hand, some activities (running, b-ball, etc) are far better than say, sword-fighting (his fave, of course).
This is our first foray into gaming, per se - he has his sites on the computer, but those are all pretty educational.
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