MY SON’S A GAMER. HOW DO I GET HIM TO GO OUT­SIDE?

Men's Health (South Africa) - - THE EXCHANGE - Chris, Sand­ton

Sim­ple: go out­side with him. Spend­ing time in na­ture should never be seen as pun­ish­ment, says Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods. So pull your­self away from your lap­top and phone, and sched­ule fam­ily time out­doors. Also, set lim­its for video games. An Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity study found that re­strict­ing gam­ing to an hour or less a day made kids more so­cia­ble. Re­mem­ber, you’re in charge, says psy­chol­o­gist Kim­berly Young, founder of the Cen­tre for In­ter­net Ad­dic­tion. Hang a gam­ing sched­ule on the fridge to pre-empt dis­agree­ments. And try play­ing games with him (we’re fans of the new FIFA 19).

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