How to Replace Video Games with Reading

Charles Duhigg in The Power of Habit shows how habits form and reform. Generally, habits are triggered by some event, feeling, or time of day. A routine is set in motion and a reward is experienced.

To break the spell of video games, you must replace the old trigger, routine, and reward with new ones.

Here’s how you can do this. Identify why video games are important to your kid (trigger), help him or her find ways to experience those desires outside of video games, and reward that behavior.

My parents minimized my gaming time by motivating me to do something else. They paid me to read. And eventually I got hooked on books.

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