My 8-Year-Old Daughter Is Getting A Plasma Screen TV In Her Bedroom
The other day I had the cable man put up a plasma television with a PVR box, featuring more than 300 channels, in my 8-year old daughterâ€™s bedroom.
Iâ€™m not suggesting that a television in the bedroom is great for every child. I just know my child. She is the type that if I say, â€œThis show is annoying,â€ and then I just turn it off, sheâ€™s like, â€œOk, Iâ€™m going to go write in my journal then.â€ I would say that she watches a total of one hour of television a day. If she was a television junkie, I probably wouldnâ€™t be okay with putting a television in her room.
Iâ€™m not sure where the rule came about that children shouldnâ€™t have televisions in their room, but, obviously, I donâ€™t buy into it. They say adults, too, shouldnâ€™t have televisions in their rooms, because apparently it ruins your sex life. I can tell you that I have a huge television in my room and it doesnâ€™t interfere at all with my sex life. In fact, other than watching a couple television shows, or movies, the television is very rarely on in our bedroom.
There are a few reasons Iâ€™m happy my daughter has a television now in her room. First, Iâ€™m sick of shows like Suite Life, Hanna Montana, Jessie, and A.N.T. Farm. The only pre-teen show I really enjoy is Good Luck Charlie. So, now, when she wants to watch a show that I canâ€™t bare listening or watching, I can send her to her room. Second, when she has play dates or sleepovers, she and her friends always end up watching a movie at some point. Again, this now can be done in her room, away from the crying baby. There are only so many times a parent can watch Spy Kids, if you know what I mean. And when the baby cries, my daughter just turns up the volume. Also, she doesnâ€™t do homework in her bedroom. She does it at the kitchen table. So itâ€™s not like sheâ€™ll be professing to go upstairs to â€œdo her homeworkâ€ and then end up watching television.
I also donâ€™t care if she wants to watch a little television before she goes to bed. In fact, I think it may stop the procrastination that happens almost every night before going to bed. Already Iâ€™m like, â€œBrush your teeth, pee, get into your pajamas and you can watch one show and then itâ€™s lights off.â€ And, actually, it has worked! I peeked into her room for the last three nights and she had listened to me. She was sound asleep each night.
I am sure there are experts out there who say watching television before bed is not a good idea. In fact, I know there are. Oh well. It works for my child and thatâ€™s all I care about.