A MUM man who forces his sons to take 12,000 steps a day to earn time playing video games on the weekends has defended his parenting approach.
The woman took to TikTok to share a clip of her son on a treadmill, trying to count his daily steps.
“12,000 steps a day to earn video game time on the weekend,” she wrote at the top of the video.
She quickly attracted comments from other parents who criticized her for the move.
“Okay, let’s go for a walk with him around a park. Not this,” wrote one, while another added: “Things he would talk about therapy.”
However, the mother hit back at the comment, writing: “Like how he asked me to continue after I had just finished.
“I don’t force him on the treadmill, but yes, if he wants to play video games, he has to be active.”
She also added a comment of her own to appease the trolls.
“For everyone, he doesn’t run on the treadmill every day,” she wrote.
“My kids can get the steps the way they want. They don’t have to get them either if they’re not interested in playing their video games.
“They can make a choice. My son came in after I finished running and asked if he could jump.”
And others praised her for using such a creative method to get her kids active.
“As an elementary school teacher, you don’t know how many kids are so unhealthy that… kudo to this parent!” one person wrote.
“So the parents who are criticizing this are the parents who leave the TV and video games to their kids,” another added.
And a third wrote: “The comments section didn’t pass the vibe test. This won’t hurt kids. He’s EARNING his video games.
“we mow the lawn and babysit. Same thing. It’s fun.”
Another commented: “Bringing attention to the fact that he’s doing this by free choice and he doesn’t need to be on the treadmill he’s effectively found. (gets his steps).”
“Right !!” the mother replied. “I didn’t force him. He literally asked to continue!”
And when someone says it’s “smart” for her to count steps as a way to earn video game perks, she replies, “What a big shift in their mood when they move around. transfer.”
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https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/4505177/mum-makes-kids-step-count-earn-video-game-time/ I make my son do 12,000 steps a day to make time to play video games on weekends