How To Tell Your Kids No When They Want M-Rated Games Like GTA V
Posted on Tuesday, September 24 @ 11:00:00 PST by Daniel Bischoff
That's my advice to you, parents. If you're a mom or dad and you've got a child who is just dying to play that hot, new violence simulator known as Grand Theft Auto V, it's time to channel your inner 90s marketing campaign, the one that pushes you through to the end of your spin class, and tell them "No". It's time to consider how you were brought up and what made you into the person you are today.
But first, a disclaimer!
I'm not a parent. Raising kids is not my job, but I was a kid once, deeply entranced by video games and the allure of virtual adult hood despite raging adolescence coursing through my veins. I was once told no. In fact, I was repeatedly told no and I still turned out OK for it. More importantly I don't hate my parents for it either. That's the message here. It's easier to coast through life without ever giving your son or daughter something to be upset about. Saying yes is easier, right? Saying yes makes the screaming and crying go away right?
WRONG. It doesn't make any of that go away. You will never be able to shield your child from all the terrible things in life. You will never protect them from their first crush, the one that will inevitably end in heartbreak. You will never be able to keep them from making mistakes… in fact some mistakes they need to make, but that's not the point here. The point is that disappointing your children gets harder the longer you refuse to do it, especially when it comes to menially trivial things like "mom didn't buy me that video game."
If you're mindlessly pleasing your children, it probably means you have very little time on your hands, so here are a few more do's and don'ts so we don't abuse what little you've allocated to GameRevolution:
Being told "No" didn't stop me from playing M-rated games. I racked up hundreds of hours at a friend's house and in the end it helped me to socialize and keep me from getting too sucked into the game. Keeping your kids out of M-rated games will prove as impossible as it was for your parents to keep you from seeing R-rated movies or drinking in high school. Think about all the terrible things you did as a child, as a teenager, and now consider the society we live in. You won't be able to keep your children from disappointment and you won't be able to keep them from the things they really want to do, but at least you could create an environment where they're not only responsible for their actions, but one where you're aware of them and what's going on in their lives at the same time.
Tell your kids "No". The worst thing that can happen is they move out at 18 and you get a room in your house back.
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