Videogames. Are they a must for kids? I let my sons play Warcraft for a month to see what they would do. Their school work went into the pits, and so I took it away. After 1 week of no video games, the teachers, (who I speak to regularly because I do volunteer work there), said whatever I did, KEEP DOING IT!! because their school work had improved! I recently had a talk with a school child care worker in an off hand conversation while doing my volunteer duties and mentioned we dont allow video games any more. We dont own a TV either and I think she didnt like either. The kids can draw, play legos, go outside, go the the neighbors house, listen to music on their iPods or whatever, but we dont do video games or TV. There are plenty of activities, like going out and visiting the chickens. We even got a puppy! They can play with her! We have a cat too, she is young and loves to play chase, they can do that too! (I cant afford some of the game consoles or subscription games, thats another reason I dont allow them) So do you guys not allow video games? Do you feel it is detrimental to your childs development that they dont get video games? Has our society come to the point where they believe that in the last 30 years it is necessary for a childs development to have these things? or even TV? Is it considered abusive for parents to denying kids video games or TV?