The Thrill of Gaming: Exploring Why Video Gaming and Esports Competition Captivate Children and Young Adults
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by Elaine
2d ago
Parents I speak with are often bewildered as to why their child wants to play so many hours of video games. And what’s even more astounding for them to understand is why their gamer watches other gamers play online in tournaments. Many gamers also love to attend tournament esports events in large stadiums where they ..read more
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Parents, Is it Difficult to Establish Boundaries with Your Addicted Gamer?
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by Elaine
1M ago
When coaching families struggling with a video gaming addicted child, I find that sometimes my strategies are met by parents who have great difficulty trying to establish and maintain boundaries.  Opening a dialogue about gaming addiction can be met with resistance, defensiveness, or denial from the child, making it more difficult to create parameters and ..read more
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Thank you for all of your support
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by Elaine
2M ago
We are coming near the end of 2023, a very busy year for me in terms of speaking engagements and business travel. And an active year spent getting to know many families, mental health practitioners, and even those in the esports industry. In 2024 I am committed to a year of continuing to create education ..read more
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Esports – Addiction or A Passion for Much More?
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by Elaine
3M ago
In the not-so-distant past, gaming was confined to living rooms and basements. Now, esports has evolved from a niche subculture to a global phenomenon, captivating millions of fans and attracting significant investments.  But to many parents of compulsive and addicted gamers, looking to become the next esports rock star, they see this industry as a ..read more
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Unpacking In-Game Purchases: A Guide for Parents
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by Elaine
4M ago
If you’re a parent of a video gamer, you have likely taken notice of either your own or your child’s monthly bank statement or credit card tally showing in-game purchases. Some of these transactions are for smaller amounts, while others may be larger, but regardless, they can certainly start to add up to significant sums ..read more
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So Your Child Wants to be A Professional Gamer. What Are the Risks?
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by Elaine
5M ago
Your child loves to play video games. They will dedicate hours upon hours to hone their gaming skills. And they believe they are going to make a career of gaming in Esports. Your child believes they will be the next top-earning Esports star. As a parent, you may be concerned about the risks of supporting ..read more
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Back to School Fears – Guest Blogger, Tessa Kampen
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by Elaine
7M ago
  Do you have a family member going to school? Or maybe, you are getting ready to head back to the classroom yourself to teach or continue your education? I have two children going off to high school, and I want to make sure I notice the signs of fears being triggered by observing their ..read more
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Filling the Void: Unraveling the Emotional Hunger of Addictive Video Gaming
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by Elaine
7M ago
In recent years, video gaming has evolved from a mere pastime to a captivating and immersive experience. For many gamers, it provides an escape from the pressures and anxieties of daily life, offering a world where they can become the heroes of their own adventures. However, for some individuals, this form of entertainment can take ..read more
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Battling Video Gaming Addiction: The Vitality of Seeking Professional Help and Support Systems
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by Elaine
8M ago
The evolution of technology has gifted us with numerous innovative forms of entertainment, and one such medium that has gained immense popularity is video gaming. While gaming can be a source of fun, relaxation, and even social connection, it can also become a double-edged sword when indulged in excessively. Gaming addiction interferes with various aspects ..read more
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The Importance of Parenting with Structure, Rules, and Boundaries
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by Elaine
9M ago
When I am speaking with families who are struggling with a video gaming or screen addicted child, at times, I find a parent who has difficulty implementing rules and following through with consequences. These parents tell me that they don’t want to damage what appears to be a good relationship with their child. They are ..read more
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