SMART PARENTING: Addiction that Destroys Family Life


Recently, I was approached by a young mother after one of my parenting talks. She wanted to confide to me about her pressing problem with her husband which was causing her distress and confusion.

Her 32-year-old husband, she shared, would rather be playing games on his phone than spend time with the family. The couple has two children aged 2 and 4, but they’re mostly ignored by the father.

Being a working mum, she was feeling lost and angry about the situation. From managing the housework to taking care of the kids, she told me that she had to manage it all by herself.

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Her husband would just be lost in his own gaming world, which would sometimes go on until the wee hours of the morning. Every time she confronted him, his excuse would be, “You know I was an avid gamer before. Yet you still chose to marry me. I’m just doing what I love to do and you just have to live with it.”

What an easy excuse! It pains me to hear that a father is willing to put anything else above his family, and more so, a computer game.

At 32, he should already know his priorities in life. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case and his family is obviously suffering.

The woman told me that she is considering moving back to her parent’s place. I wouldn’t be surprised if she does eventually.


The reality is, more and more young people are becoming addicted to gaming. While a small minority make a living out of gaming, a bigger majority is badly affected.

I came across a post on social media, presumably from a disgruntled girlfriend, about how her boyfriend reacted angrily after she complained about his gaming habit. He claimed that she was trying to control his freedom.

The girl said that if he’s still heavily into gaming at 22, she might as well dump him because, at that age, they should be planning for a stable future. I couldn’t agree more.

That’s the reality confronting parents today. As if we don’t have enough challenges raising our young ones, we now have one more thing to worry about. Gaming addiction is very real and it could easily affect our families too.

Like any addiction, it needs to be curbed as early as possible before things get worse.

The good news is that parents can still take control but we need to start taking action immediately.

Like anything else, prevention is better than cure. We need to ensure our young ones do not spend more than two hours a day on their mobile devices.

For those older ones, we must find a way to get them to spend more time offline. Get them to play more sports or get involved in co-curricular activities. Encourage them to take up volunteering jobs or get themselves involved in community projects. The options are plenty but parents must influence their children to spend their time wisely.

Hopefully, with the early and positive interventions, we’ll be able to curb the gaming addiction. As a result, we’ll produce productive and resourceful individuals who have more time to create a brighter and better future for themselves and others.



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Is Your Chrome Running Slow? This is what You Can Do


Web programs are our steady partners, so having a program that feels slower than it should—or even crashes on you—is unpleasant by any stretch of the imagination. Here are some ways you can get Chrome running like new once more. If you have a problem with your Windows 7/8/10 OS then get the updated activation key online. You may click it here.

Presently it’s a great opportunity to turn our consideration regarding ways you may have the capacity to speed things up. We’ll be covering the fundamentals—like staying up with the latest and dealing with your augmentations—and in addition some propelled choices and even some test highlights.

Keep Chrome Updated

A standout amongst other things you can do to keep Chrome running easily is to stay up to date. Chrome naturally downloads and introduces refreshes, however just when you don’t have Chrome open. You can without much of a stretch illuminate this by simply shutting Chrome now and then.

However, if you are just like us, then you likely have a Chrome window open more often than not. And if there is any latest update accessible for Chrome, then you’ll see the Options symbol at the furthest right of the toolbar switch to a green up arrow.

Open the options menu and click on the button “Update Google Chrome.” As soon as you select that option, the update starts.

Chrome warns you that it should be relaunched to apply the update, so just select the “Relaunch” button to proceed.

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Chrome will close, apply the update, and afterward open back it again. It ought to hold the all of your open tabs, regardless of whether you have too many Chrome windows open. Nevertheless, it is always advisable to save if there are any important tabs just in case you don’t lose any if something goes terribly wrong.

Enable the Prefetch Resources Option

Chrome’s prefetch option works by taking the IP locations of links on a web page that you browse. Chrome at that point catches the resources for the connected pages that it supposes you may visit. The thought is that since you may click those links, why not take a step ahead and load them so that even if you open them the end page loads instantly instead of downloading at that point.

All things considered, the element works admirably and makes loading connected pages feel substantially faster. However, there are two potential drawbacks to utilizing the prefetch highlight. The first is that you are downloading resources from pages you may not ever even visit. This can take more system resources, however truly not significantly more when we look at it. The second drawback is a protection issue. While catching resources from connected pages, Chrome additionally may need to set cookies in your browser as though you had browsed the page.

Regardless of whether you utilize prefetching is completely upon you. To enable it, tap the Options button, and after that click “Settings.”

At the bottom of the “Settings” page, tap the “Show advanced settings” link.

In the “privacy” area, select the “Use a prediction service to help load the pages quickly” box.

Control the Flash Plugin

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For quite a while, Chrome introduced alongside a wide range of plugins—and enabled you to download and install many more. Beginning with rendition 57—which released in the month of April 2017—Chrome never again supports any plugins other than Flash, and even with Flash, the default setting needs you provide each site singular consent to utilize it.

This new, more prohibitive way to deal with plugins gives various security, speed, and solidness focal points. Furthermore, truly, we simply suggest allowing the default Flash setting to sit unbothered, and after that endorsing or denying every individual site’s capacity to run Flash.

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So, however, you can simply peruse at the following location:

On that page, look down to the Flash area and pick how you need Flash to be taken care of.

Disable Extensions You Don’t Want

Extensions are little programs accessible in the Chrome Web Store that add additional highlights and functionalities to Chrome. Extensions can be extremely valuable, however, each installed version additionally utilizes resources, and can burden Chrome. Install adequate extensions, and you will unquestionably see the effect. While it’s enticing to experiment with a wide range of augmentations, the trap is striking a harmony amongst speed and included features.

If you that you do have a bundle of extensions installed, they are sufficiently simple to uninstall. You can likewise disable extensions without uninstalling them to see whether they are making you slow.

Most of the time, extensions do install a button on Chrome’s address bar, however, some of those buttons may be covered up at the highest point of your Options menu.

You can rapidly uninstall numerous augmentations by right-clicking their toolbar symbols and picking “Expel from Chrome.”

Tragically, a few augmentations don’t give a choice to uninstall through their toolbar symbol, and not very many enable you to incapacitate an expansion that way. You can, nonetheless, get a rundown of all introduced expansions by tapping the Options menu and after that choosing More Tools > Extensions.

To handicap an augmentation, uncheck the “Empowered” alternative to one side of the expansion’s title. When you disable an expansion, you can rapidly enable it again by turning it on. You can likewise uninstall an expansion altogether by tapping the junk can symbol. With a couple of extensions disabled, you ought to ideally see a huge contrast in speed.

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Clear Your Browsing Data

As you peruse the web, Chrome spares URLs and stored writings for sites you’ve gone to, your download history, treats, and other site and module information. The purpose of the history and store are to accelerate Chrome by enabling it to stack assets from your hard drive as opposed to downloading them without fail. Some of the time, be that as it may, the cache can turn out to be extensive and may end up shutting or even slowing Chrome drastically down.

NOTE: You shouldn’t clear your history routinely for speed purposes, as that invalidates the point of having a local cache. You can absolutely clear it for security reasons, however, or in the event that you are having an issue with a specific site.

There are a few approaches to clear your history, including clearing your whole browsing history and clearing the history for particular websites.

Clear Your Entire Browsing History

To clear your whole browsing history, open the Options menu and select More Tools > Clear>Browsing Data.

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