bronxmom2 Posted September 9, 2009 Report Share Posted September 9, 2009 My son is obsessed-- or, um, passionately interested-- in one thing after another. Last year it was ships, he learned everything he could about ships and everything he touched turned into a ship-- legos, sticks, if you gave him a stack of paper and asked him to write something you'd come back to find an enormous mound of finely constructed paper ships. At the end of each day his backpack was stuffed full of paper ships. Now, this seemed like an harmless or even constructive interest, so I got him books and kits and we watched ship movies and I took him to ship museums, etc. Now he is obsessed with something called Games Workshop, which is this strange line of fantasy games, you paint these intricate little figurines and play elaborate, chess-like battle games with them. There are Workshops in most cities where you can paint your figures, play the game, hang out with other gamers. My son just turned 7, the others are all teenagers or even adults. I like these people, they are nice to my son and he is able to interact without the constant conflict he generates with his agemates. He will sit for hours painting these things-- this child who otherwise bounces all the time-- and at home he sits pouring over the Rule Book. It's very useful for managing him, but of course he is obsessed. He literally can't talk about anything but Games Workshop and/or Lord of the Rings figures. I know I need to get him off this stuff, but... sigh. Is it OK to use these obsessions to manage our children, or do we need to fight them? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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