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rhombusfish
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Instead of trying to resist or replace his interest in Minecraft, can you explore ways to leverage it?
Joy in discussing Minecraft could help grow friend relationships and boost social skills. Perhaps you can help him find like-minded friends (and maybe help other frazzled parents).
Minecraft is an excellent gateway to teaching software development. Ask him how he might change Minecraft to make it better, then mention that he can learn how. Local bookstores and websites have plenty of teach-yourself resources even for younger children. Plenty of skills are possible to encourage, including math and statistics (especially for dice-rolling activities), project planning your work, carefully designing and building and testing software, sharing your work with others, working with others as part of a team…