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tv in kids room
December 28, 2012 at 8:17 PM
we just upgraded our satellite tv. Dh had directtv since he bought his house. 10yrs ago. So we only had satellite in den and master bedroom. It was the old outdated receivers where you couldn't get hd or some channels we were actually paying for. We got frustrated and canceled service because they expected us to pay for all new equipment and installation and full price service even if we signed a new contract. After about 8 months we kept researching and found out if we put my name on new service we could get all the new customer deals. Which included 4 room system. So we chose to connect the kids tv's to satellite also. The girls are almost 9 and 7 and boys are 10months and 6. I honestly thought i would be having to tell them to do something else besides watch tv but they are still doing other things more than watching. When it's not raining they go outside or they have played their new board games or other new Christmas presents. And read books on.their own. I also thought the girls would be fighting over what to watch but they have not had obdurate argument. And being able to pause live tv has helped me get them to do a quick chore or something without waiting. They also keeping their rooms cleaned better because they know the receiver will be taken out.

People argue about whether tv in rooms are bad but i don't think its bad for all families. It also gives me much needed breaks some evenings. Do your kids have tv in their room?


  • arthistmom
    December 28, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    No and they never will. We don't even have a TV in our room.

  • GwenMB
    by GwenMB
    December 28, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Quoting arthistmom:

    No and they never will. We don't even have a TV in our room.

    This is exactly us.  We actually just have one (outdated) TV - its in the living room but can be seen from the kitchen.

    Having tvs in the kids bedrooms may seem to be working for the OP, but I really don't think its a good idea overall.

  • copperswifey
    December 28, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    yes, they do. They actually don't watch it a lot. I thought it would give me a break too, but so much for that. They are still out in the living room or kitchen bugging me lol :)

  • notjstanothrmom
    December 28, 2012 at 9:11 PM
    No. We have one TV and no cable. I don't think it's healthy and there are other things that they can do when I need a break.
  • Bluetick
    December 28, 2012 at 9:28 PM
    We put a TV in dd's room it gives me my sanity back plus I no longer have to watch icarly or josh and drake blah blah blah
  • Bluetick
    December 28, 2012 at 9:29 PM
    Now I want TV in the master
  • MommeisQueen
    December 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM
    Yes with parental controlled channels programmed.
  • TheBabyFactory4
    December 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM
    I love it. I fall asleep to it. i have it to where it turns off after a few hours so i don't wake up to it later in the night.

    Quoting Bluetick:

    Now I want TV in the master
  • TheBabyFactory4
    December 28, 2012 at 9:33 PM
    I of course set that up too

    Quoting MommeisQueen:

    Yes with parental controlled channels programmed.
  • Gaileey
    by Gaileey
    December 28, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    my girls (15 and 9) do not have tv in their rooms.  their rooms are soooo small and i know if they had them they would never come out of their rooms.

    we have only two tv's in the whole house right now.  in the living room and in our bedroom.  we are planning a basement renvation - and then we will get another that will be for them when their friends are over for video games etc.


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