Does your teen love their gaming device? Most teens do. However, there is a time and a place where the gaming device can serve as an unwelcome distraction from the world around us. Teen video game addiction is very real and can impact many aspects of life. Vacation is one of those times and places. Vacation is a time in which the entire family is supposed to leave their daily stresses and pressures behind and soak up family time and fun. Video games can easily be identified as daily stresses and pressures in a teen’s life. This is usually a part of a teen’s everyday routine. A vacation is a place where routine is left behind and new experiences are explored. Consider unplugging your kid from video games for vacation this summer.

The Pros of Ditching the Device While on Vacation

There are no cons here. The benefits of making the vacation a game-free zone are endless. Unplugging is great for you, your child, and your family. Here are some reasons why:

  1. Young brains need a break. Vacation is the prime time for getting away from the virtual world. It presents itself as an opportunity for kids to try new things, visit with family, relax, reset, and reconnect with the beauty of the world around them.
  2. Vacations are a ripe opportunity for deepening family bonds and building social skills. It can be difficult to deepen these bonds or develop social skills if your child has their nose in their gaming device. These are typically the tools we use to be anti-social.
  3. A game-free vacation removes the “electronic babysitter” temptation. Parent-to-child interaction is so important. Vacation is a time in which enjoying each other’s company should be a priority. By leaving the devices at home, you aren’t tempted to pacify your child and ignore the opportunity to bond.
  4. Limiting game time on vacation opens the door to creativity and exploration. This speaks for itself. Sit down the gaming device and discover the world around you.
  5. The gamer is deprived of creating memories. Your child can play games anytime and anywhere. But you can’t go sightseeing on vacation just anytime or anywhere. Take full advantage of the opportunity and make the most of it.

Set the Games Aside

It is easy to fear that depriving your child of their gaming device will turn them into a monster. Teen video game addiction can have unwanted physical responses similar to any other addiction. Here are some tips to start your vacation off right:

Don’t pack the play machines.

This is the quickest and easiest way to eliminate temptation. Leave the game console at home so that there is no caving on your end or your child’s.

Consoles in the car not allowed.

The journey is all a part of the journey. Car time is the best time to engage in meaningful conversation with your child, catch up on their lives, share stories, and just bond. It is also the prime opportunity to share some of your favorite tunes and create long-lasting memories.

Don’t give in.

There is too much to see and too much to do to be gaming on vacation. When your child pitches a fit, throws an attitude, or becomes angry because they cannot game, don’t give in. Discuss why gaming isn’t going to be a part of your vacation and let them know they will survive.

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blueFire is a wilderness therapy program for adolescents ages 11-17 who struggle with technology addiction. This program uses adventure-based therapy as a way to allow students to completely unplug from the distractions in the real world and recreate themselves and their self-awareness. This program incorporates healthy activities that are transferable to their everyday lives. Clients leave blueFire feeling more confident and well-equipped to incorporate healthy activities into their everyday lives. We can help your family today!

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