Growing up, I didn’t have a tv in my room in elementary school but once junior high hit my taste in programming varied immensely from that of my parents, and a tv in my room was a must for me! When my first was born I decided that this was one of my many parenting rules that, at the time, I thought made me the bestest parent on the block. NO TV allowed in bedrooms. Children shouldn’t be in their rooms watching tv all hours of the day – they should be running, playing, and of course being with the family in the family room – cuz that’s how good parents run their households!
Then I had two more kids and my living room got taken over by them! More often than not, a half hour had gone by after the kids have left the room and I realize that I’m watching Handy Manny through no choice of my own. My husband and I decided that maybe now was the time for a tv in the kid’s bedroom (my oldest two share a room), especially when flat screen LCD tvs are so light and don’t take up a large amount of space on a shelf.
Since I’m a SHOP.CA Super Shopper, naturally the first place I looked for a TV was there, and I was shocked at the low price! $169.99 for a Samsung 19″ LCD TV plus free shipping! I immediately scooped up that deal (which also nets you up to $4.25 in SHOP.CA rewards!) and it looks like I wasn’t the only one who saw the fantastic bargain because the item is now out of stock on the site.
Delivery was ridiculously quick (often times free shipping from a company means the longest shipping route possible but not with SHOP.CA) The order was received Oct. 14th, shipped Oct. 15th and arrived at my door Oct. 18th!
Before setting up the TV, we had a talk with the kids about the rules. No TV after lights out, and no TV on school mornings. Weekend mornings, no TV before 8am. Being that the TV is in the bedroom, I lose a bit of control on when they turn it on, so hopefully these basic rules will be good ground rules. If I feel they’re spending too much time watching tv in their room, we’ll have to readjust.
For now, I’m quite enjoying my quiet living room and watching PVR episodes of my favorite shows, or even nothing at all. Silence is rare and must be appreciated for the gift that it is!