Wactching What your Kids Watch on TV

When my kids were little I made the rule that they can't watch TV, but they can watch a television program. Even when they couldn't read, I would read them their options in the program guide and they would choose.

They were only allowed to watch one hour a day, and they have to choose the program and consult me about their choice. They have to agree because that one hour is counted together. Sometimes they can bank their hour from the weekday to the weekend. On weekends they get two hours.

I don't want to limit too much their TV viewing so they keep up with what's popular with teenagers. I like to sit with them and watch TV and it's amazing what I learn watching with them.

The same rules apply to my wife and I -- we choose one hour as well. It gives them a starting and ending point for television viewing.