By Nancy M. Petry, Ph.D.
Pause and Reset by addiction expert Nancy Petry, is aimed at parents concerned about the role of video games in their children’s lives. In this informative, reader-friendly book, the author sheds light on what constitutes problematic video gaming and what does not, how to determine whether a child, adolescent or young adult may be “addicted” to gaming or developing problems with it, and when to seek professional help. Setting this book apart from others on the subject, Petry also provides accessible explanations of the latest science behind how gaming addiction impacts children, adolescents, and families. Additionally, she explores the question of whether gaming may have positive effects in certain situations. Dr. Petry offers three simple, easy-to-implement steps parents can take to reduce and reverse the harmful effects of gaming: Record, Replace, and Reward. Pause and Reset also provides exercises and worksheets to support parents’ efforts to help their kids.