In this special Kid’s POV episode of the TiLT Parenting Podcast, Asher and I have another conversation about screen time. This time, we’re looking specifically at the question of whether or not a parent, at wits end with her child’s video game obsession and/or the disregulation that results from it, should “ban” certain games or even get rid of screen time altogether.

As you can imagine, Asher has some very strong opinions about the pros and cons of banning certain games, and he’ll tell you about the time we actually did ban a game in our house—Clash of Clans—and why he was ultimately grateful for our decision. We also talk about the nature of Minecraft, including mini-games, and the aspects of these which might be especially frustrating for differently-wired kids.

 

About Debbie and Asher: Debbie Reber is the founder of TiLT and the host of the TiLT Parenting Podcast. 12-year-old Asher is Debbie’s son and is regularly featured on the podcast. Find out more about Debbie and Asher by visiting the About Page.

 

THINGS YOU’LL LEARN FROM THIS EPISODE:

  • Which aspects of Minecraft can be particularly challenging to navigate
  • How a child might respond to a game being completely banned by a parent
  • How the positive discipline “joint problem solving approach” can be used to solve most screen time challenges within a family, while also supporting a child’s personal development

 

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