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August Is Video Game Free Month In Our Home

While on our trip to Georgia, the boy had his Nintendo DS for entertainment if things got boring. I didn't like what I saw on that trip. The boy made out like his heart was hooked up to the DS. It came with tantrums, attitudes and worse: treating his toy more important than his sister...and other people.

No. That does not work in my home. People before things always.

So before we returned home, I told him that once we got home, the rest of the month of July and August would be Video Game Free.

They might get to play on a weekend or a day, but not the everyday plug in that has been happening.

And even while I used to let him enjoy his gift. I would tell him that it needs to be turned off by 4pm and he agreed with attitude. I thought that was working, especially seeing there are things needed to fill the days of summer when we aren't out and about, doing school work revision or other things.

Things are going good so far with the new mandate for the rest of the month.

His friend visited him yesterday and I told him it was okay to take his little box with the DS and games and charger for the visit, but after his friend leaves, he'll need to turn it all off and put it away.

I was REALLY surprised that he did put them all back in the box and I didn't have to remind him at all! I told him I was proud of him being responsible.

Now it's all back to the love of books. He loves reading, but seemed to ditch it in favor of Mario bros :)

Right now he is so excited to read the next bundle of Hardy boys he found at new library we visited.

He got 10!
I feel so nostalgic about these books and want to read them with him again!
I can't wait for baby girl to read Nancy Drew!

The Clue of the Hissing Serpent
2. The Mystery of the Cabin Island
3. The Mark on the Door
4. The Sign of the Crooked Arrow
5. The Secret of the Lost Tunnel
6. The Ghost at Skeleton Rock
7. The Sinister Signpost
8. The Hidden Harbor Mystery
9. The Haunted Fort
10. The Masked Monkey

What are your kids reading? 
If you don't have kids, what are on your summer reading list? 

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  1. I read that entire Nancy Drew series as a girl at least twice. I loved it. I think I read the Boxcar Children series a couple times too!

  2. My son is really big on history. He spends a lot of time reading military tactics. He's a little different for a 6th grader. lol

    1. Ahh that's beautiful. Don't you just love to see them in their element!

  3. Happy Friday! My Friday Flash Blog linky party is live @ The Jenny Evolution – a flash mob of blogs where you share your favorite posts of the week. Hope to see you there -- you may just get highlighted next week!


  4. A lot of these video games can be quite violent, too, so you made a good choice. I'm glad he's reading.

    1. I will not allow him to play violent video games.
      He plays kids games now. cars, need for speed, mario brothers etc.

      And he knows the rule applies even when we are visiting with others who do play those games.

      Thank you Joyce. I'm glad he is embracing his love of reading again. He just got off track with a love.

  5. Good for you for taking charge and putting that rule into play when it came to his video game 'box'! Not many parents would have. Unfortunately these days parents are more apt to let their kids stare mindlessly at a video game then actually encouraging them to play outside and interact in family activities.

    Sounds like you guys are making the most of your Summer! :)

    1. Thank you Kayla.
      I don't care how puffy his face gets. He'll thank me later :)

  6. glad you have that rule... we are about to do it here too...
    hardy boys? LOVE ...
    and yes.. nancy drew and the box car children..

    1. I got your back momma.
      Got let them kids know you are mom first and when they are 35 you'll be their best friend :)

  7. AWESOME! We have video game free time as well primarily vacation time. Board games like Apples to Apples, Scrabble and UNO are some of the ways we spend time away from video games.

    1. Ooh we love the board games also! We are thinking of getting a new one too.

      Thank you Tomi

  8. My son just checked out ten books too, all early readers he's trying to do on his own (with mama bear watching right next to him). ;) It's his sister who's not reading this summer. She has zero interest, and since she's 14 I don't want to push her.

    I did just have a book made for her, as a gift, to try and sneak a love of reading in there. I'm sure she'll like it. :)

    Kudos to you for limiting the DS time. I'm lucky my two in the house right now don't show much interest in them. The one who did's out on his own now, and working too hard every day to have time to play 'em. :)

    People over things, always. What an excellent motto.


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