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Is your video game addiction hurting your kids?

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Is your video game addiction hurting your kids?

I was chatting with a friend of mine this week about her frustration with her husband this holiday season. His idea of a great holiday involves a chunk of time for him to play video games, while hers tends more towards shared family activities, away from screen time. She really wondered if his video game habit was teaching her kids that screen time is more important than family time. Parent video game addiction - Bejeweled It turns out she's not alone in asking that question: The National Post reported this week that video game addiction may be real, and impacts on people's closest relationships. What I found really interesting in that article is that it focused on games like PopCap's Bejeweled Blitz, not the kind of shoot-aliens game I associate with the phrase "video games." I love the connectivity and well, fun that devices like smartphones and tablets have brought into our lives. But I do think that screen time is something we all need to manage in our families, and so often, that means starting with our own habits. Whatever gets us focused on the device -- video games, social media, or even the Kindle app -- is something to keep an eye on. Sometimes good parenting is about managing our own habits. How are you handling issues around parent technology use at your place?  
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