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Parents’ Guide to Video Game Addiction with Cam Adair


This is a hugely important episode. Video games are part of almost every kids life, but there is a difference between playing for fun and using them to replace real life. Games like Minecraft and Fortnite have become part of our popular culture and make up a large part of kids’ social lives.

According to the World Health Organization, video game addiction is now an official mental health condition. It changes a child’s brain chemistry and can lead to depression and isolation.

In this episode, TEDx speaker Cam Adair talks about his experience with gaming disorder. He also tells us why video games are so addictive, how to recognize the signs of video game addiction in our kids, and how parents can set healthy boundaries for gaming.

'Kids are always going to push your boundaries, but you have to stay firm. And especially for parents, you have to do your own emotional intelligence work yourself.'—@camerondare #gaming #gamingdisorder #videogameaddiction #kids… Click To Tweet

 

About Cam Adair

Cam was raised by a loving mother and father, but he always struggled with anxiety and depression. He used video games as an escape, and they provided him relief for a time. The problem was that escaping his mental health issues didn’t fix anything. Cam became so depressed that at nineteen years old, he didn’t feel like there was any point in continuing his life anymore. He wrote a suicide note and was going to kill himself that night.

Luckily, his friends invited him to go watch a movie. That was enough to distract him from his plans so he could think about what he was doing. He knew that there was a big difference between thinking about suicide and actually planning it. It was serious, and he went home to ask his father to get him counseling.

Cam still struggles with his issues but has found healthier ways to deal with them. He’s also founded GameQuitters.com, a resource for parents and teens on how to prevent video game addiction and how to detox from gaming to get back into a real, fulfilling life.

'The thing that’s always kept me alive is knowing my parents’ love and knowing that ending my life wasn’t just about me…'—@camerondare #dads #men #fathers #moms #mothers #parenting #suicide Click To Tweet

What You’ll Learn

  • That 13% of kids between grades 7 and 12 have reported a problem with game addiction
  • The negative impact on the brain every year earlier a child starts with games and screen time
  • How gaming prevents kids from developing the intangible skills they need
  • Why video games are entertaining and fun, but cannot fulfill us in life
  • The paradigm of instant gratification that makes normal life boring
  • The emotional needs gaming and tech fulfill
    • escape
    • social connection
    • measurable progress
    • certainty and purpose
  • How the stimulation of gaming far exceeds what you can get in real life
  • Why kids addicted to video games experience withdrawal
  • The 3 structural brain changes that take place during video game addiction
    • Numbed pleasure response
    • Hyper reactivity
    • Willpower erosion
  • How it takes 90 days for brain to come back to normal levels after quitting gaming
  • Which games are more addictive than others and why
  • The incorporation of ads, in-game offers, and gambling type games online
  • How kids face being a social outcast if they don’t participate in gaming
  • Is there a healthy way to game?
  • What can parents do?
  • The dangers of video game binging
  • Why you should let your kid get bored
  • How to help kids during transition phases during the day
  • How to talk to your child about video game addiction
  • Why knowing what you stand for as a parent will help your child
  • Why you should connect with other parents who share the same goals
'Parents need to live an inspired life to be an example to their kids.'—@camerondare #parenting #parents #moms #dads #children #kids #gaming #fortnite #minecraft Click To Tweet

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Dad Edge Alliance Q&A: Allowing Your Kids to Have Their Feelings with Chris Sajnog

Dad Edge Alliance Q&A: Allowing Your Kids to Have Their Feelings with Chris Sajnog

If we want to learn to be emotionally resilient, genuine dads, who better to learn from than the most elite warriors on the planet?

Today we have a clip from a Q & A in The Dad Edge Alliance with a recent guest, former Navy SEAL Chris Sajnog. He talks about the importance of allowing kids to feel their emotions and gives an example of his real life experience with this challenge as a father.

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How to Arm Our Kids Against Peer Pressure

How to Arm Our Kids Against Peer Pressure


As kids get older, the more susceptible they are to peer pressure and the riskier the things they may be pressured into become. The statistics are frightening, with 35% of all 14-year-olds trying some kind of illegal drug before their 15th birthday. How can we arm our kids against peer pressure so that they will be able to make the right choices when we are not there to guide them?

By practicing role play in advance, we arm our kids with the tools needed to deflect peer pressure. In this short episode, I interview my 11-year-old Ethan who has been experiencing peer pressure. We role a play a few scenarios of peer pressure to practice what he can say when other kids are trying to get him to do something he knows is wrong.

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Dad Edge Alliance Q&A – Gary John Bishop on Fatherhood

Dad Edge Alliance Q&A – Gary John Bishop on Fatherhood


If you tuned into last week’s show, you heard Gary John Bishop tell us how to confront our weak spots, embrace uncertainty, and take extreme ownership of our lives.

Today you will get a sneak peak at what happens in one of our Dad Edge Alliance Masterminds with a live Q&A featuring an elite guest speaker.

Gary John Bishop answers some tough questions from our group and gets brutally honest about fatherhood.

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MENTIONED EPISODE: How to Unf*ck Yourself with Gary John Bishop

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How to Unlock ADHD Superpowers with Peter Shankman

Could the country’s behavioral epidemic actually have benefits? In this episode, Peter Shankman shares how to unlock ADHD superpowers.

Peter Shankman has spent the past twenty years as an entrepreneur, a bestselling author, and a public speaker who teaches hundreds of thousands of people how to improve their personal and professional lives. Peter is the father of a three-year-old girl. He has also been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.

So how did someone with ADHD become so successful? Peter believes his ADD/ADHD is a gift and hosts The Faster Than Normal Podcast, which discusses the benefits of  the fast brain and how to leverage it to make extraordinary achievements in life.

The ADD/ADHD Epidemic

Lately it seems that one or more kids or adults in every family is diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. Many speculate something must be causing it. Is it processed food? Is it too much technology? Or toxins in the environment?

Peter says ADHD has always existed; there was just no name for it until now. He also says people with a fast moving brain are the ones throughout history who attempted crazy exploits and dared to make the greatest discoveries.

Medication and ADD/ADHD

Medication is the standard treatment once a doctor diagnoses a someone with ADD/ADHD. Many parents are apprehensive about putting their child on medication, but they don’t know what else to do to help their kid get through school and deal with life.

Peter says medication is helpful. The problem is when nothing else is done to modify behavior. Once the child becomes an adult and has to stop taking the drugs, the problem is comes back. They don’t have any tools to manage their condition. They will often turn to other drugs to replace what they had been giving during childhood. This is why so many with ADD/ADHD struggle with addiction and compulsive behavior.

Therapy and ADD/ADHD

Peter Shankman says he was fortunate to have started seeing a therapist at the age of twelve, and this was a tremendous help to him. He says it’s important to discuss our flaws and grow with them. Teaching kids cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavior therapy gives them a better chance of being able to manage once medication is stopped.

Tips on how to manage ADD/ADHD

Exercise
Peter is a single dad and only has time to go to the gym when his daughter is with her mother. On days she is with him, he has to be there, so he gets up at 3am to exercise on his bike for 2 hours. He knows that if he starts his day without a workout, “it’s a lesser day.”

Simplify your Life
Peter says that something as simple as having to decide what to wear can send him down the rabbit hole. To avoid this, he tries to eliminate as many choices as possible. The less you have to think to run your daily life, the more room you’ll have to think about important ideas and bigger picture goals.

Understand Yourself
ADD/ADHD not a disease, like cancer. It’s something that can be worked with. It’s important for kids and adults to remember that there is nothing wrong with being different and that they can learn how their brain works so that they can use it in a way that will benefit them.

In addition to The Faster than Normal Podcast, Peter Shankman created a course for adults to learn how to unlock their ADHD superpowers. He says that, with the right guidance, people with ADD/ADHD can use their superpower to do more in one hour than most people do in a day, and turn their ideas into great accomplishments.

 

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