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Lakeville Moms Talk Q&A: Hand Held Gaming

Do your kids have hand held game systems? What limits do you set for their use?

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Do your kids have handheld game systems? What limits do you set for their use?

Tonia, mom to three children ages 7, 6 and 2: Oh video games...my boys got a Wii for Christmas and I thought it was evil for about a month. I remember telling people that I thought we had ruined these creative, imaginative little boys with this gaming system! A little dramatic, but they seemed to play 24/7!

Once the novelty of it wore off, they barely remember we have it, unless they are using it for Netflix.

They seem to go in spurts with computer/iPhone/iPad games, but we generally just give them time limits and have them move onto something more productive. So far...not a huge problem, but I really think it is because we didn't introduce them to gaming until they were 6 & 7.

I know that is still young, but many of their peers had been playing for several years. Not rocket- science, but I think the older kids are before they get "hooked" the better.

We'd love to hear what you have to say as well, so make sure to post your thoughts in the comment section below.

The above answers were provided by members of the Lakeville Moms Council. Members include mothers of toddlers to teens: Nicole Bella Remini-Wiskow, Janet Quick, Tonia Johnson, Pamela Zidarich and Charla Zappetillo. The Lakeville Moms Council meets monthly to discuss issues related to raising kids locally. For more information, email derrick.williams@patch.com.

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