Do you think this experiment will succeed?
My son is five years old, and a touch addicted to video games. They appeal to his nature: Highly visual, hand-eye heavy puzzles with instant gratification upon success. All well and good, I’m glad he enjoys them, but he often chooses to play those games rather than do… well… anything else, particularly anything that involves getting dirty.
Last night, after my son fell asleep, I took all of the video game controllers, his Game Boy, and his tablet, and put them in a basket. I put the basket away in my bedroom.
Today, I unplugged the television and kicked him and the puppy outside (in the fenced-in backyard) and told him not to come in unless he’s bleeding or needs to use the bathroom.
Can I force a kid to like playing outside?