Homeschool Crafting: Brook’s Shoutbox

Brooklyn is a gamer. If you know how gamers are nowadays, they have this term called ‘raging’ — this refers to their wild reaction to losing or getting shot at — basically, anything that pisses them off during the game.

Brooklyn rages all the time and it gets into my nerves more than it bothers his father which I find odd since he is more intolerant of Brooklyn’s wild behavior.

I remember one of Brooklyn’s prayers,

Dear Lord,

Thank you for today. Thanks for keeping us safe from the corona virus. I am sorry for raging all the time. I promise I will not shake my body anymore.

In Jesus’ name, AMEN!

I laughed in my head having heard the words shake my body. Perhaps he was unable to find the right words to describe his behavior because it is as if he’s seizing. Throwing fits like literally shaking his body.

To control his raging, we scheduled an activity to create a “SHOUTBOX.”

Red Yellow Blue Comic Bubble Superhero Invitation

The objective of this activity is to create a colorful & appealing shoutbox for Arts and Crafts and GMRC.

What is the purpose of a shoutbox? I’ve read from a parenting magazine some time ago that some parents use shoutboxes at home to divert their kids’ frustrations into a fun activity. The shoutbox aims to curb the children’s shouting at people & should potentially eliminate the raging completely.Β 

So the idea is, whenever Brook feels like shouting at someone, like at me if he loses a game that we play, he should pick the box and shout it in (all the frustrations, the anger) — instead of directing all the anger at me. I told him that every time we’re frustrated at something and feels like wanting to rant and vent the exasperation out, we all have to use the box.

He especially liked the idea knowing that his father is included in this activity and that he will have to use the shoutbox as well. He can’t wait for his dad to get mad.

I am hopeful to get the results that we were aiming for.

15 thoughts on “Homeschool Crafting: Brook’s Shoutbox

  1. Does he play “proper” games? When my daughter was young, I hunted high and low for games I had played when I was younger. By that time, they were very simple games but they were ideal for her to master. We debated for ages how much tech and tv she should be allowed.

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    1. I made him try my games too. We bought the mini old school Nintendos but he didn’t like the fact that they characters do not respawn or that they only have 3 lives.

      Unfortunately, I was too late to discover that Fortnite is not good for kids. We were following a youtube family who endorsed it and we thought that should be cool. It makes him so mad when he loses / crazy wild!!! But thankfully, Roblox and Minecraft are easier to monitor and nowadays, we play a lot of Animal Crossing which is actually good as it teaches about humanity, friendships, recycling and workmanship

      I am glad that you were able to share your games with your daughter… the games during our time (Atari [Pitfall was my favorite], Nintendo) were really simple and I think Contra was the most violent one; most were fun games… she must have enjoyed the games a lot!

      You are right on carefully thinking about how much tech should be allowed, I think we really failed @ that.

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      1. I liked one called Commander Keen. When I played it, it was new and they released it as shareware – I remember sending a money order off to the US so I could get the full version. It was made for a 1990 processor so was pretty obsolete when my daughter played it. She liked Roblox, too – I recognise the name. As she got older she also got into The Sims and I think Microsoft did a zoo simulation.

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      2. We haven’t played that. Sharewares were still too techy for us back then…

        I liked the Sims too! I play it til now!
        And yes, the zoo simulation is quite enjoyable although it makes me dizzy…

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