Issues of TV, phone, and the gimmies
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|Mon, 09-29-2003 - 10:48pm|
I have a wonderful 10 year old daughter and a 5 year old daughter. My 10 year old has been PERSISTENTLY pestering me for a few years for a TV in her room. I had a TV in my room growing up, and I watched it A LOT. Of course, I'm 37, and at the time I was growing up, the most obnoxious show I can remember was Three's Company.
Anyway, I am just curious about your experiences with your kids and TV. I very rarely ever watch TV, mostly because I find the shows to be junk and because as a busy Mom I don't have time and would rather read if I did.
To compromise, my DH and I bought a TV and put it in the spare bedroom (the kids' play room which they nicknamed "the tower"). So they have their own TV and get to watch Disney/Nick/family channel.
My 10 year old's best friend for about 5 years is a very nice girl who comes over almost every day. I like her mom immensely, but her mom buys her DD almost anything she wants, and her DD has a mini-TV in her room. She gets toys at the store almost weekly, and it drives my DD insane with jealousy (thus the gimmies).
So I am the mean mom who is constanly saying no and depriving my child of everything! :)
I try to explain to her I will never cave in to the pressure of trying to keep up with the friend's Mom, because I can't and don't want to and that things don't make people happy, love, family and friends and God do.
So, thanks for listening, and I would be interested in any comments and suggestions.