“Gotta catch ’em all, son!” Japanese dad gets game-addicted kid to quit – by making it a chore

“Gotta catch ’em all, son!” Japanese dad gets game-addicted kid to quit – by making it a chore

You can learn all kinds of things on the internet. How to fix your leaky tap, how to get your baby to go to sleep in five seconds , and now, how to get your kid to step away from the console.

On the Japanese Twitterverse this week we read of one father’s unusual method of getting his son to stop playing video games – by making Pokémon compulsory.

Our story comes courtesy of Japanese Twitter user @coyo54, who tells the tale of his senpai (superior) at work, who was having problems with his game-obsessed son:

“My coworker’s son was completely obsessed with Pokémon. He and his wife tried limiting the kid to one hour of games a day and told him to play outside, but he never did what he was told.”

昔、先輩の息子さんがポケモンにどっぷりで、先輩の奥様が「ゲームは1日1時間!」「たまには外で遊びなさい!」と注意しても全然やめなかったという(続く)


たざわ (@coyo54) June 18, 2015

“So, the father decided to implement a new system. ‘There are no limits on how long you can play for,’ he told his son, ‘but you must catch one pokémon every day. You also have to report to me every day on your progress.’

“At first, the son was delighted, but he soon tired of the new regime. When his father spotted him playing something else, he would yell: ‘Why aren’t you playing Pokémon?!’ Eventually, the son got sick of video games and took up soccer instead.”

(続き)そこで先輩が「ゲームの時間は無制限」「ただし1日☓匹ゲットをノルマ」「結果報告は毎日義務」「義務を怠ったら叱責」という方針に転化。最初は息子さんも大喜びだったらしいけど、休日も「ほら! まだポケモンやってないぞ!」と言われるうちに徐々に飽き、無事サッカー少年に転向したとか


たざわ (@coyo54) June 18, 2015

The son, who is in elementary school, now apparently plays on a soccer team in his spare time instead of staying cooped up playing Pokémon all day.

▼ He never caught ’em all.

“Gotta catch ’em all, son!” Japanese dad gets game-addicted kid to quit – by making it a chore gamespot

But is this good parenting? Japanese Twitter commenters were divided, with some decrying the father’s actions as tantamount to brainwashing. Others praised the dad for his smart idea in successfully convincing the boy to take up another hobby. The original poster, meanwhile, defended the father:

“This senpai of mine, he’s a great worker and highly respected. I want to follow his example. And I never, ever plan to disobey him.”

その先輩は非常に仕事の出来る方で、周りからの信頼も厚く、この度課長に昇進。 この人にはずっと付いていこうと思ってる。

あと絶対に逆らわないようにしよう、とも思っている。


たざわ (@coyo54) June 18, 2015

We don’t think we’d like to get on this guy’s bad side, either!

Source: Twitter via Hachima kikou
Featured image © RocketNews24

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“Gotta catch ’em all, son!” Japanese dad gets game-addicted kid to quit – by making it a chore