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    Default any tips for getting 16 year old out of bedroom and of xbox

    I get worried about my son who is 16 and in year 12 hes always in his bedroom on game console or laptop! Most of his friends live in town about 20 mins away by car, i'm not sure if this is the norm for teenagers now, he does sport at school but doesnt want to join any teams or anything after school, what makes it harder is we only moved to Oz just over a year ago! He is happy but i worry due to his age and feel guilty for moving him 12,000 miles from the life he knew, any help or suggestions welcome or reassurance I am even contemplating getting a dog so he will walk it! any ideas for what breed of dog?

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    Keep in mind that your son is 16 and a dog will live for 10+ yrs, so make sure you're happy to look after it after he leaves home.

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    If you ever find out, let me know as my 24 year old dh is the same! I make him wash my car on weekends or just plan an outing to family etc

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    My DP used to lock himself in his room and play because he felt lonely from the rest of the family. Have you spoken about how he feels?

    Has he got a first car yet? Maybe he could start a project if he is into that sort of thing!

    I wouldn't buy a dog if he hasn't asked for it (purely on you will be the one to walk/look after it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by btmac View Post
    DS1 who'll be 18 next month spent a lot of time in his room on the Xbox, PS3, computer etc... too. I ended up bringing the consoles out in to the lounge room and letting him play there. He still plays them in the lounge! It meant he was out with me and we could talk as well. I also used to hop on and play with him too - give it a try it is a great way to connect with them

    Also if your son is online on the Xbox it may not be as antisocial as you think as he may be playing with his friends! DS1 still catches up with mates who have moved away for Uni (he's an apprentice so hasn't moved) on the Xbox! They play games and chat over the headphones.

    Also his play has dropped off a lot from when he was 16 so there is a light at the end!!

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    Thanks, i know he speaks to friends back in the UK theres no hope of me playing cant even work the control thing they use for gaming LOL! I know its probably normal and id rather he be on that than hanging round the streets, not that he would hes quiet and a good boy but god its not healthy for these kids, will see if he'll bring it into family room!

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    Quote Originally Posted by monnie24 View Post
    My DP used to lock himself in his room and play because he felt lonely from the rest of the family. Have you spoken about how he feels?

    Has he got a first car yet? Maybe he could start a project if he is into that sort of thing!

    I wouldn't buy a dog if he hasn't asked for it (purely on you will be the one to walk/look after it)
    He used to walk with his friend and there dog in the uk i thought at least hed get some fresh air, i've spoken to him and hes happy, no concerns at school he says! We've bought him a small car and ive asked him to study for his test so we can start him driving, hes not that fussed about driving yet but i've told him it will be easy for him to see friends or when he starts uni after school! saying that he doesnt know what he wants to do after school! oh a whole new problem!!! thanks

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    my 14 y/o son would live on the pc or ps vita 24/7 if I let him, but when I think enough is enough I turn all the pc's off ban them from going into that room at all, take the ps vita away and tell him to go find something else to do while I rant and rave that back when I was a kid we lived outside as much as we could lol
    But on the otherhand, it's good to know exactly where he is and what he's doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyoldcow View Post
    *sigh* My 15 year old DS is similar. However he does chat to friends over skype and they all log in and play the same games together, so is socialising in a way.
    Thanks, teenagers hey who'd have them i'm hoping when he leaves school he miight start something, but then i dont want him to grow up hes still my baby at 6"3!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymumof5 View Post
    my 14 y/o son would live on the pc or ps vita 24/7 if I let him, but when I think enough is enough I turn all the pc's off ban them from going into that room at all, take the ps vita away and tell him to go find something else to do while I rant and rave that back when I was a kid we lived outside as much as we could lol
    But on the otherhand, it's good to know exactly where he is and what he's doing.
    I know i try and limit but hes an iphone too plus other game consoles forgot what he has! I know when i was a kid i was out but then i was anything to get out of the house away from my mum, so should feel honoured at least he doesnt think i'm a bad mum

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    Can he get a job after school or something?

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