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How many hours?


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Mom Mistake #4: Not having an accurate account of how many hours are really being spent in front of the game.

Time flies in the world of gaming. It is very difficult to grasp how many hours your child is actually gaming. You are busy with your life and all the distractions that come with a busy household. Keeping track of your child’s screen time is almost always underestimated.  Many times you are on the computer as well and you really have no idea how much time your child is spending in the other room or in the basement with his game. One way to get a feel for the daily time is to put a chart up for him and for you. Have him chart how many hours he is spending while you chart how many hours he is spending and see if they match up. This is one of the reasons why we are game free at our home. I have four kids and only one kitchen timer! It is very difficult for me to do my job of managing the time and we all know that it is even more impossible for them to manage it for themselves. So, do a test this week and get an accurate count of the hours that are being spent in front of a screen, computer, phone, TV etc. Twenty min of game time a day for kids over 13 is the recommendation.  You can also get an adequate feel for things by the ‘game coma’ look on their faces….if they have it, you know it is time to pull the plug!

Melanie Hempe

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  1. First and foremost, I think that being open with the celnit about the commonly long-term nature of recovery would welcome more realistic expectations on their part while also decreasing the stigma related to the occurrence and re-occurrence of relapse, reentering treatment, etc. Some would argue that this gives the celnit permission’ to relapse, but as a counselor I would want to encourage the celnit to take a proactive approach to their recovery by being involved in a variety of support services (while also being cognizant of the celnit’s environmental limitations). For example, as Dennis and Scott mention several times throughout their paper, self-help groups tend to prolong recovery and this is an active and fairly inexpensive way for a celnit to be involved in recovery in addition to attending therapy sessions. The authors also state that high levels of self-efficacy in celnits often result in transitioning from use to recovery, further increasing the importance of being a supportive and encouraging presence with a celnit who struggles with addiction. Depending on the severity of the addiction and environmental factors in a celnit’s life, however, I think it could be important to take a more proactive role as a counselor by checking in with celnits via email or telephone, and directly linking them to other services or treatment as needed. Most importantly, the process of recovery truly is a process, and as such, it is essential to understand that varying degrees of treatment and support will be required at various stages of a celnit’s journey. This requires checking in with them on a regular basis about whether or not the level of care they are receiving is conducive to enhanced recovery.