Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 236 of The New Family Podcast, where we talk to a mother and son team about the reality of video game addiction.
I’m joined for this episode by a mother and her adult son. Elaine and Jake Uskoski are here to share their experience with Jake’s video game addiction. They’ve started to share their story to help other families learn to identify where enthusiasm for digital play crosses into unhealthy territory and what it takes to come out of it when video games have taken over a young person’s life. Elaine has also written about this candidly in her book, Seeing Through the Cracks.
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What Elaine wishes every parents should know if they think their child has a video game addiction
“Talk to your child about what they are getting out of gaming. Sit with them while they’re playing if you can and ask them about the challenges that they’re working through in the game, say things like ‘wow that was really hard, but you stuck through that, how did you figure out how to do that?’ And see if your child understands that process. If they’re not letting you in, they’re keeping it secretive, and they’re not sharing then they’re likely using it as an escape and you need to dig a little bit deeper about what’s going on there. Watch for signs like sleeping pattern changes and loosing contact with tangible friends, eating habits are different, moods are different. I think that’s really important for parents to know.”
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