Gwyneth Paltrow is having some parenting problems.
The Goop founder says her 13-year-old son, Moses, is obsessed with a video game and she doesn’t know what to do about it. The actress discussed it at a recent Goop panel, saying, “We have a Fortnite situation at my house.”
You would think Paltrow of all people would have a zero screen time rule for her kids, but apparently not. What can you do when your kids’ screen time is out of control?
Lyss Stern, CEO of Divamoms.com, mom of three, and best-selling author of Motherhood Is A B#tch, has a lot to say to moms with kids who love to play video games. Stern told Personal Space her 15-year-old loves playing Fortnite, as do many of his friends.
“I like the socialization part of it. The boys talk to each other and interact via their headphones,” she explained. “However, I would love them to get offline more often and go outside and socialize. My older son loves baseball and I want him to play outside as much as possible. He can play the video games for a bit after studying and baseball is done for the day. We as parents are not their friends and need to set times and limits for when they can and cannot play. I know it’s difficult because they all love this game, however, I remind my son how he can use his time otherwise for things that he enjoys."
In fact, Stern has been working on a new business idea she says will help parents go back to the days before we had iPhones. “That’s all I will say for now,” she teased. “But bottom line — unplug."
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