Signs your 5 year old is playing too many video games

Checkpoint!

Freshly back from our summer holiday in sunny Pembrokeshire, I’m really convinced I need to cut our littlest’s time playing on the Xbox One down a bit.

I’m not one of these parents who thinks “video games, oh noes!” because I think gaming promotes many good attributes: problem solving, co-ordination, team work, patience and competitiveness. However I do believe in moderation and a few things happened on holiday that made me think that Ned needs to learn a little bit of moderation…

We reached a gate on the walk we were on. Ned gleeful climbed up the gate, sat on the top and shouted “checkpoint!” at the top of his voice. This is not normal.

One day we walked down to a beach from the car-park of a wool mill. It was a pleasant walk on a sunny day, and when we finally got there we were rewarded with a tiny pebbly beach in a beautiful little cove. It was a nice place to stop for lunch so we did. After lunch we piled up some larger rocks and had a game of seeing who could knock them over. Ned not only managed to get the “high score”, he also “levelled up” too. This too is not normal.

I think the real give away though was his obsession with getting a new high score on Crossy Road. Yes, that was the giveaway now that I think about it.

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  • Now_with_sodium

    I realised that *I* was playing too many games when I noticed a hair pin on the floor and immediately went to pick it up for lock picking – Fallout style.