[quote="MissRose73, post:1, topic:230704"]
With Lent nearby, are any of you asking your child(ren) to give up something as part of the Lenten sacrifice?
I have 2 Godchildren (my niece and nephew), and since they don't live with me, I will suggest they try not to partake in junk food or not play internet/video games. They are 9 and 11, and more than old enough to attempt to participate.
Myself as an adult, plan to give up my 2 largest vices: junk foods/crisps and chocolates. The only day I will have chocolate is my birthday cake for my birthday which always falls during Lent.
I think asking a young child to give up all video games for Lent is a little severe. And I really like the recent emphasis on making a positive change instead of mere deprivation - such as performing an act of service for a family member, or doing charity work, etc.
My pastor always tells the story of how, as a child and young teen, he would give up chocolate for Lent every year, and then totally gorge himself on Easter to the point where he would throw up. He says the resultant over-indulgence kind of canceled out any good effects from the deprivation, and he urges us to put more thought into our Lenten experience than just the first impulse to give up dessert.
Why not encourage your godchildren to substitute an act of charity for every hour or two of video games they play?
Of course you realize that their parents are the main influence and if there is no support for doing Lenten acts of charity, your recommendations will probably fall on deaf ears...