Managing TV With Kids

Managing TV With Kids

We have pretty strict limits where television is concerned. We don't allow TV after suppertime on a school night. We allow very little TV in the morning. We eat breakfast together. The children need to have everything ready for school, before they are allowed to watch TV, and then it's got to be something that their dad or I approves of.

They've grown up with the saying that "TV is fun, but it's really not very important". They get a little bored hearing that sometimes, but they understand the words "no, you can't watch that". We also make them ask permission before they watch TV. When you have to ask permission, sometimes you think of other things that you might be able to do in the meantime.

My husband and I were both raised with restrictive TV watching. We're both avid readers and we feel there is a lot of stuff on TV that we don't approve of. Both children are great readers and they love arts and crafts, so I would rather spend money on these kinds of things, trying to foster their creativity. We relax this rule on rainy days and on days when they're sick.

We have found that overall they really don't miss TV when it's not on. It is reflected in their school grades. They're both straight A students.