February 27, 2016

Deborah Gilboa, MD Feedback from TappMD Expert
Deborah Gilboa, MD
Featuring Dr. G!
Honored to have my suggestions featured in this great piece about how much is enough and video games!

James received the Skylanders Giants game as a Christmas gift. He fell in love and wanted to play all the time. This raised some questions for me about kids and video games. Should I be letting him play at all, and how much is too much?

Reasons for Kids to Play Video Games:

At our house, video game time is family time. David and I have had some type of video game console since we were married. The two of use to sit and play together. Over the years it became more him playing than me, but I knew he looked forward to the day that the kids could play with him.

We’ve played Mario Kart and Super Mario Bros. with the kids, but neither of them seemed to have much of an interest until recently. Now David and James will sit and play together. They work as a team to beat the bad guy, while Cady and I cheer them on.

Studies have also shown that kids who play video games tend to be more creative. James is five, and most five year olds I know are pretty creative, so I can’t really say if this one is true or not. I do know that he makes up games and stories about the characters in the game even when he isn’t playing.

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Deborah Gilboa, MD

Doctor G (Deborah Gilboa, MD) of AskDoctorG.com empowers parents to raise respectful, responsible and resilient kids. Around the country and around the world, she works with parents to increase their knowledge and to use the parenting instincts they already have. Doctor G focuses on practical tools and teaching skills, not just dishing out advice.

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