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TVs, Kids, and the Bedroom

A few months ago I read a post from The Better Mom in which she mentioned that her family had given up their TV about 5 years ago.

At the time I read it, I thought that’s nuts. Interesting and tempting, but nuts.

And yet, as I flip through the channels, I see what utter garbage people are watching and I think maybe it’s not so nuts.

We have three TVs in our home. One in the living room, one in the boys’ playroom, and one in our bedroom.

And since we’ve discovered that a third child will soon be arriving, we’ve been talking about TV quite a lot. See, when the baby comes, the boys are going to lose their playroom. It’s going to become their bedroom, which means the TV is coming out.

Call me crazy, but I don’t want my kids having a TV in their bedroom. I know I’m in the minority on this, most likely, but when I was growing up, I wasn’t allowed to have a TV in my room because my mom always said that it would take away from family time.

I think she was right. (Yeah, Mama, I’m learning that you were right about a great many things!)

I didn’t have a TV in my room until I went away to college.

And now, I’ve got pretty strict TV rules about what we watch and how long we watch. I don’t want my kids becoming screen zombies.

My #1 rule is: if you aren’t watching the TV for a specific reason, TURN IT OFF.

I cannot stand for the TV to be on in the background when no one is watching. The constant sound makes me crazy.

Several times we’ve been offered TVs as gifts for my boys for their bedrooms. I’ve politely declined and gotten the “she’s a whack-job” look.

Am I in the minority?

Share with me: What do you think about TVs in kids’ rooms? Do your kids have them? What are your TV rules?


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