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The North Providence Breeze 04-17-2019

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6 REAL ESTATE / AT HOME APRIL 17-23, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION in Ms. Jargon's thesis. We're talking about kids who will not stop playing video games unless a parent or the imminence of a bodily function forces them to stop. How's that not an addic- tion? The manager of a large west coast convention hotel once told me that when his property hosted a "gamers" convention, his staff had to threaten attendees with pulling the plug on their devices to get them to drink water or eat even a cracker. Many of the attendees wore adult diapers so they wouldn't have to stop playing. That, by any other name, is addiction. It's also sick. It's also where a child or teen's obsession with video games may lead if parents don't pull the plug before some hotel manager has no choice … that or risk a lawsuit from a gamer who becomes dehydrated and suffers a cardiac episode. Ms. Jargon seems loathe to call a spade a spade. After relating two horror stories that clearly describe addiction, she refers to psychologists who advise parents to stop worrying about whether their kids are addicted and figure out instead if they're using video games to cope with depression, anxiety or stress. She cites a study finding that teens who played video games four or more hours a day on average showed more signs of depres- sion than kids who played less than four hours a day. Note that the psychologists in ques- tion (unidentified) posit that depres- sion and other mental health issues cause obsession with/addiction to video games as opposed to the other way around. That's a clever means of covering ineptitude while at the same time claiming rights to treat- ment (keep in mind, dear reader, I am a psychologist). Besides, it's so much easier to tell parents their child needs a daily dose of a drug than it is to get them to do something that will cause their child to hate them and act deranged until cured, not to mention something that may cause them to never make another appointment. I once persuaded parents to "disap- pear" their 15-year-old son's console while he was at school. He was so "into" video games he would not come down to dinner or participate in any family activity and was usually up well past midnight every night. When he discovered that his supply of "videopioid" had been terminated, he went nuts. He all but destroyed his room, for example. Two weeks of silence and self-imposed seclusion later, he admitted to his parents that he felt much, much better and was going to try and help other boys con- quer their addictions. To prevent an addiction from developing, Ms. Jargon passes along such hackneyed tips as creating rules around playing and following them consistently. OK, but that assumes parents have no difficulty establishing limits that cause their kids distress. The problem is that all too many of today's parents have an abundance of said difficulty, meaning Jargon's advice is moot out of the gate. Thankfully, there are still parents who will stand up to child-rearing challenges and face them head-on; parents who are not trying to be their kids' friends; parents who understand that children, including most teens, know only what they want, which is precisely why they require adults in their lives who know what they need. Family psychologist John Rosemond: johnrosemond.com, parentguru.com. PARENTING From Page One Updated Woonsocket North End home is in move-in condition WOONSOCKET – This colonial was originally built in 1900 but has been substantially updated over the years and is right in the middle of the North End of Woonsocket. "What is great is that this home is located in the heart of the North End," Boucher Real Estate list- ing agent, Duane Boucher, said. "It has a grand, stately facade while being comfortable to live in." The house includes a detached three-car garage and a sizable driveway. The main entrance, with its two columns and brick steps, leads to the antechamber and into the house with hardwood floors and stairs leading to the upper levels. To the left of the entrance is a front to back living room and to the right is the formal dining room. The hardwood floors continue into the living room which also features a fireplace. There is a den area off of the living room. The kitchen is remodeled, also with hardwood floors, and includes a dining area with sliders to the backyard. There is also a full bathroom on this level. In all, there are three floors, four bedrooms, three full baths and a half bath. The laundry hook- up is in the basement. All four bedrooms are located on the second floor and feature hardwood floors. The master bedroom is large and includes an en-suite bath- room. "There is a walk-up attic finished like a rec room with a half bath as well," Boucher said. Another fun quality of the house is the inground pool out back. The sliders from the kitchen open onto a cement patio with room for a table, lounge chairs and a grill. There is some semblance of a yard with grass, but for the most part the backyard is the pool, and it is surrounded by shrubbery for privacy. "This house is brand new to the market and has tremendous value," Boucher said. "You couldn't construct at home today at this price. It's a sizable home with substantial updates including the wir- ing, the plumbing, new windows and the kitchen." The house boasts nine rooms and offers 3,329 square feet of living space. The lot size is .32 acres. It is listed at $419,900 by Boucher Real Estate. Showings are by appointment only. 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