My sons, aged 11 and 13, spend half of their evenings locked in their room or in front of a com­puter. — How can I en­cour­age them to share some qual­ity time with their fam­ily?

Milk Magazine (English) - - EDUCATION -

Mélu­sine Harlé. Share your in­ter­ests with them and be open to theirs in a good-hu­moured man­ner with­out mak­ing any judg­ments. Your aim is to find what you have in com­mon in or­der to do things to­gether (cha­rades, in­ter­gen­er­a­tional board games, con­se­quences, etc.). To start a con­ver­sa­tion in the evening, tell them about your day and then ask them what they liked best about theirs. Talk to them about your favourite films and show an in­ter­est in their video games and pre­ferred YouTube clips. Try to avoid let­ting them have a com­puter in their bed­room. Suggest us­ing one in the liv­ing room, for ex­am­ple, which will make it eas­ier for you to talk to them and set rules about how much screen time they can have.

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