hello mam my 9 year old boy is allways interested in dressing up and playing games on phone as soon as I ask him to study or read he starts crying and says I am tired. what should i do

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Updated on May 20, 2021

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Children would rather play on the phone than study. It is normal for a 9 year old to behave in this manner. However, it is important for you to set some rules and boundaries. Be firm with him. Negotiate phone use age terms with him. Let him take the lead in setting rules on how much time he will play on the phone and when he will study. Studying at this age may not be very motivating for him. Therefore it is important to make study part of play. You could turn his studies into a fun quiz, you can turn his studies into small projects, watch videos on the topics that he needs to study. In order to retain his concentration on his studies, do not make him study for more than 20 mins at a stretch. After every 20 mins let him take a 5 minute break which does not include mobile or TV. when he starts developing interest and better focus then you can extend the time from 20 min to 30min and then extend it as required. However, at this age do not expect him to study for more than half an hour at a time. Take care.

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